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Root and Branch

by Ted Estersohn

Ted Estersohn brings it all back home---bottleneck blues and fancy fingerpicking; blues original and traditional, some heartfelt, some humorous; a little jazz and even a bluesy take on an old modal mountain tune.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Louise
3:39 album only
2. Midnight Hour Blues
3:54 album only
3. 4 Bucks---A Dance
1:55 album only
4. S.U.V. Blues
2:10 album only
5. Deep Elm Blues
5:42 album only
6. Teater of Pain
1:42 album only
7. Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy
2:12 album only
8. Temptation Rag
3:52 album only
9. Bulldog Blues
2:05 album only
10. The Dealer
2:56 album only
11. They Saw Me Comin'
2:04 album only
12. Blue Monk
3:11 album only
13. Prohibition Blues
3:14 album only
14. St. James Infirmary
3:20 album only
15. Stolen Moments
4:26 album only
16. Pay Day/Thank You Uncle John
3:40 album only


Album Notes
It was a time when every kid with a guitar wanted to be either Bob Dylan or a Beatle. Ted Estersohn was busy hanging with Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson, and Jerry Ricks. Philadelphia during the Great Folk Scare of the 60's was fertile ground for such pursuits and the blues muse ran deep with Ted. Before the age of 21, he had played with such blues greats as Son House, Bonnie Raitt, Miss. Fred McDowell, Mance Lipscomb, and John Jackson.
[Web only bonus: hear a sample of Ted backing Mississippi Fred McDowell at http://www.wavechair.com/download.html#McDowell]

Over the decades a wide-ranging musical curiosity has taken Ted to ragtime guitar, klezmer and Cajun, New Orleans, Russian, Italian, classical, swing, and jazz; picking up some mandolin, banjo, and fiddle along the way. Yet somehow, the blues has stayed closest to his heart, a certain rhythmic touch, a sliding and snapping of strings, a habit of viewing the world in twelve bars that insinuates itself even into more abstract moods laden with counterpoint and modern harmony.

On his new CD Root and Branch (Wave Chair CD 777) Ted Estersohn brings it all back home---bottleneck blues and fancy fingerpicking; blues original and traditional, some heartfelt, some humorous; a little jazz and even a bluesy take on an old modal mountain tune.

While most of the album reflects what one guy in a chair can do on a stage, there is an occasional overdubbed mandolin, tenor banjo, or mandocello. On the St. James Infirmary, they all come together as The Greater South Philadelphia String Quartet Glee and Perloo Society.

Ted Estersohn Root and Branch; still growing, still spreading, still playing the blues

Ted is the archetypical funky revivalist blues guitarist! He is well known in Philly from his work with the Wild Bohemians and countless solo performances over the past two [sic] decades. He is also an exciting slide/bottleneck guitarist, strongly influenced by Son House. His performances combine the skills of a musicologist with those of a minstrel show interlocutor...GOOD STUFF!!!!!
Steve Senderoff --- The Bothy Folk Club



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Steve Wright

I am completely blown away by the playing
Got the CD over the weekend and have been listening ever since.... WOW!! Of course I am completely blown away by the playing of ALL instruments and have contemplated smashing all my guitars. I have a number of favorites, but my "favoritest" (to coin a word) has to be "St. James Infirmary." Like God and everyone else, I've played a version of that for over 20 years, which has slightly different lyrics than your version. Over the years I've "collected" lyrics (and some musical) versions from the likes of Dave Van Ronk, the White Stripes, Satchmo, Cab Calloway, Jack Teagarden, Dylan, and a bunch of others. I am very pleased to add your version to the collection as I do think it one of the absolute best!!

Keep up the great work!!