Jesse Fuller

Move on Down the Line

by Steve Horowitz

15 October 2009

 

San Francisco Bay Blues

Jesse Fuller

Move on Down the Line

(Fledg'ling UK)
US: 28 Jul 2009
UK: 27 Jul 2009

Folk-blues artist Jesse Fuller (1896-1976) was a street musician who is best known for his song, “San Francisco Bay Blues”, the original version of which is included on Move on Down the Line. This reissue combines recordings from 1959 with a session made for the Topic label in London in 1965. Fuller sings infectiously with a happy voice whether he croons about killing his woman and going to jail (“Ninety Nine Years and One Dark Day”) or playing a children’s ditty (“Animal Fair”). He strums his 12-string Martin guitar as a rhythm instrument, beats the sock cymbals to keep the tempo moving, and energetically blows the kazoo and harmonica. Fuller also plays a gadget of his own invention, the “fotdella”, a foot-operated bass. The musical performances are animated and charming, even though Fuller was known as a difficult personality in life.

Move on Down the Line

Rating:

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Last Gunfighter: Songwriter Guy Clark Passes Away at 74

// Sound Affects

"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.

READ the article