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If you're black, by Big Bill Broonzy

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Jun 6, 2020 - 3:47:40 PM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

Here is Big Bill Broonzy's protest blues song, "If you're black, get get back." The banjo backup is not fancy--just a blues shuffle finger-strummed in open G. But it works for this song.


Jun 6, 2020 - 5:00:50 PM
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119 posts since 11/29/2012

Awesome, thank you!

A request:
"The Bourgeois Blues"

Jun 7, 2020 - 10:01:01 AM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

35planar Thanks! I know of Bourgeois Blues, although I've only heard it a few times. I believe it was co-written by Leadbelly and Alan Lomax after trying to rent a hotel room in D.C. Another fine blues protest song! Unfortunately, I don't memorize lyrics very well any more. I learned "If you're black" back in the sixties, but have hardly played it for the past 30.

Jun 7, 2020 - 10:34:33 AM
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119 posts since 11/29/2012

Your version on banjo was great and timely! Thanks Lew,

Cheers,
Mark

Jun 9, 2020 - 10:38:25 AM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

Maybe next time I can add some boogie bass.

Jun 13, 2020 - 7:37:33 PM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

I've just learned that Bill Broonzy named this song "Black, Brown, and White. I learned it from friends and never knew the real name.

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