Let’s Explore The Blues – Bo Carter

Bo Carter was born in 1892 and passed on in 1964.  He was first known as a member of the Mississippi Sheiks with his brothers, and ended up as a very successful solo artist.  His playlist was, simply, bawdy.  Some of the songs. “Please Warm My Wiener”, “My Pencil Won’t Write No More” and “Banana In Your Fruit Basket”.  Classic names for any song. He is also responsible for the first recording of “Corrine. Corrina” so he was not just a vaudeville sideshow.  He recorded 110 sides in the 1930’s, making him both prolific and important.  In fact, some say he was the most important artist of the era.  His guitar playing still has influence on the stars of today.  Enough of the man, let’s dig into the music.

Lets begin with bawdy songs.

“Please Warm My Wiener”


“My Pencil Won’t Write No More”

Now to some his more “contemporary” songs and some covers.  The first is a cover of All Around Man by Rory Gallagher.  If you have 10 minutes to spare, listen to the greatest guitar player – EVER, do a version that absolutely scintillates (ooo big word).

All Around Man

The next three songs show a classic song and how modern artists have made it, well, better, yet true to the original.  The progression shows how these guys had and have, such a huge influence over modern music.

Corrine, Corrina – Bo Carter

If you have another 10 minutes, this version of Corrine Corrina is great.

By Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton

And finally, one more by Leon Russell and JJ Cale.  Life is good.

Leon Russell and JJ Cale

6 responses to “Let’s Explore The Blues – Bo Carter”

  1. That Leon Russell and JJ Cale version is almost too good! The dress of the accompanying piano player is hilarious, though. It looks like he is a stereotypical (and scantily dressed) American olympian from the 70s.


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