Since the early days of the blues, the jailhouse has long been the subject of many a sad tale. From first-hand accounts of a prisoner's life to the unjust trials of a cruel judge, this classic collection charts the troubled influence of the penitentiary on the blues.

Side A
01 Bukka White: Parchman Farm Blues
02 Blind Blake: He's In The Jailhouse Now
03 Blind Lemon Jefferson: Prison Cell Blues
04 Kokomo Arnold: Chain Gang Blues
05 Sam Collins: The Jail House Blues
06 Cannon's Jug Stompers: Prison Wall Blues
07 Peg Leg Howell: Ball And Chain Blues

Side B
01 Fred McMullen: Dekalb Chain Gang
02 Furry Lewis: Judge Harsh Blues
03 Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe: Jailhouse Trouble Blues
04 Rube Lacey: Mississippi Jail House Groan
05 Bessie Smith: Jail House Blues
06 Texas Alexander: Penitentiary Moan Blues


The Rough Guide to Blues Behind Bars

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