“How Long Blues” (Leroy Carter)

Here are some “blues after breakfast”! According to Wikipedia,
“How Long Blues” is based on “How Long Daddy”, recorded in 1925 by Ida Cox with Papa Charlie Jackson. Leroy Carr (vocal and piano) and Scrapper Blackwell (guitar) recorded the song in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 19, 1928, for Vocalion Records, shortly after they began performing together.

The original version of the song was recorded in C. I am doing it in E. There are many, many versions of this song with varying lyrics. Be sure to check out Eric Clapton’s acoustic version!

The guitar I am using is a Gibson L-1. This Gibson model experienced a lot of interest after Robert Johnson posed with an L-1 in the famous “parlor” photograph.

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