Bo Carter: Banana In Your Fruit Basket - Red Hot Blues 1931-1936 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
(Yazoo) 14 tracks While Bo Carter (the stage name of Armenter Chatmon) was also a key member of the influential guitar and fiddle group The Mississippi Sheiks, he also had a successful and popular solo career, which may have helped the Sheiks' profile. Where the two differed was that the Sheiks played primarily celebratory and indulgent blends of bluegrass, contemporary pop, and traditional blues music, while Carter's solo material was purely in the realm of hokum, the style of blues music that emphasized explicit sexual content and metaphors along with dirty humor and wit. One of the most successful acts of the 1930s, Carter recorded over 100 singles for various labels, employing his distinctive bawdy style as well as inventive forms of guitar picking, tunings and keys that were highly original for the time.
Banana In Your Fruit Basket captures the high points of Carter's success as a solo artist and catalogs one of his most productive periods, which lasted from 1931 to 1936. Featuring a compilation of dirty blues classics, with highly evocative titles like "Ram Rod Daddy," "Ants In My Pants," "Pussy Cat Blues," "Mashing That Thing," and of course the title track itself.
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