Andy Cohen, Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis | Preachin' In That Wilderness

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Preachin' In That Wilderness

by Andy Cohen, Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis

Blues and Gospel and Ragtime classics from the early days of recording, and for good measure, a few of our original numbers cast in that same mold.
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1. John The Revelator
Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis, Andy Cohen
2:38 $0.99
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2. C.C. & O. Blues
Andy Cohen, Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis
3:29 $0.99
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3. In My Girlish Days
Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis, Andy Cohen
4:25 $0.99
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4. Your Up Is Down
Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis, Andy Cohen
2:32 $0.99
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5. A Mother's Last Words To Her Son
Andy Cohen, Bill Ellis
2:48 $0.99
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6. Wee Midnight Hours
Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis
3:23 $0.99
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7. Bill's Blues
Andy Cohen
1:52 $0.99
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8. Worried Blues
Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis, Andy Cohen
3:47 $0.99
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9. You Just As Well Let Her Go
Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis
1:56 $0.99
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10. Lift Him Up
Andy Cohen, Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis, Larry McBride, Edie Mille
4:18 $0.99
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11. Cookbook
Andy Cohen, Bill Ellis
2:33 $0.99
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12. You Got My Money
Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis
2:38 $0.99
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13. Spanish Flangdang
Andy Cohen
2:50 $0.99
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14. Jonah
Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis, Andy Cohen
2:55 $0.99
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15. Hawkins Rag
Andy Cohen
1:57 $0.99
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16. New Cat Blues
Bill Ellis
2:00 $0.99
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17. Leavin' Trunk
Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis, Andy Cohen
2:52 $0.99
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18. Jump Little Children
Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis, Andy Cohen
2:19 $0.99
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19. Shack Rouster Song
Andy Cohen
1:05 $0.99
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20. Spoonful
Eleanor Ellis, Andy Cohen
2:28 $0.99
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21. Hungry Blues
Andy Cohen, Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis
4:01 $0.99
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22. Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
Andy Cohen
2:00 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This CD represents a joyous outpouring of unusual Country Blues, Gospel, Ragtime and early Jazz material by three dedicated revivalist performers. We made it as a Marimac casette about fifteen years ago; Riverlark Music recently arranged to imprint it as a CD.

To our ears, the music has held up well, not surprisingly, since it had held up well for the sixty or so years before we recorded it in 1990, our own good old days. We are all still performing this and other, similar material, and when any of us writes a song, you can be sure it will bear the stamp of all those folks whose music we admire and study.

We hope that when you hear our take on these tunes, you'll be motivated to trace the earlier recordings they came from: we consider those authors and composers to be American masters, and for the most part, their work is available. If you do get curious, email us and we'll tell you how to find it.

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Ron Weinstock

Eleanor Ellis, local D.C. treasure, is most gifted...
Ellis,Ellis &Cohen

Eleanor Ellis is a local DC treasure, being among the most gifted female purveyors of old time blues in the area. She has championed the likes of the late Flora Molton and Archie Edwards, helped found the DC Blues Society and similarly helped with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation after he passed. She has recorded infrequently, often in a supporting role, so when long-unavailable recordings with Bill Ellis (no relation) and Andy Cohen became available, it is cause for celebration. The CD is Preachin’ in that Wilderness: Country Blues Classics, on Cohen’s Riverlark label (remastered to CD from the original Marimac casette). There are twenty two performances included with all three taking vocals. Cohen gets to display his mastery of Rev.Gary Davis’ fingerstyle guitar and other pre-war blues styles, whereas Bill Ellis takes the lead on several as well as contributes originals and Eleanor handles Memphis Minnie ’s In My Girlish Days, duets with Bill Ellis on Leroy Carr ’s Midnight Hour Blues, and handles Sleepy John Estes’ Leaving Trunk. Other performances derive from Casey Bill Weldon, Washington Phillips, ‘Ragtime Texas ’ Henry Thomas, Simmie Dooley & Pink Anderson, Larry Johnson, Brownie McGhee, Gus Cannon and the wonderful Hungry Blues, words by Langston Hughes and music from James P. Johnson which is marvelously sung by Eleanor with Bill on guitar and Andy on piano. The level of the musicianship is marvelous and perhaps the best known of these songs may be Spoonful, taken from Mance Lipscomb ’s Arhoolie recording although it is familiar from renditions by John Hurt and Charlie Patton. Amazingly, or
thankfully, there were no covers of Robert Johnson tunes although I suspect any could do one that would actually be worth hearing. Cohen has
other recordings on Riverlark while William Lee Ellis has a new release on Yellow Dog. Eleanor is still criminally underrepresented on disc, but alas
we have this marvelous disc to savor.
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