Bull doze Blues

This catchy song was written and recorded by Henry Thomas between 1927 and 1929 for Vocalion Records. Thomas played guitar and accompanied himself on quills (an instrument similar to a pan flute).

Thanks to Youtube’s Prewar music for posting this and other pre war gems.

His legacy has been sustained by four songs. “Fishin’ Blues” was covered by Taj Mahal and The Lovin’ Spoonful. “Bull Doze Blues” was recorded by Canned Heat with new lyrics, retitled “Goin’ Up The Country”. Here Thomas’s melody on quills was reproduced note for note by flautist Jim Horn. “Don’t Ease Me In” was covered by the Grateful Dead on their album Go to Heaven; and “Honey Won’t You Allow Me One More Chance” was covered by Bob Dylan (as “Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance”) on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Thomas’s vintage recording of “Don’t Ease Me In” is included on the compilation album The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead. In 1993 the band Deacon Blue released a song entitled “Last Night I Dreamed Of Henry Thomas” on their Whatever You Say, Say Nothing LP. Wikipedia

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