Hayes McMullan – Everyday Seem Like Murder Here (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:02:43 minutes | 360 MB | Genre: Blues
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Hayes McMullan was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. He was also employed at various times as a sharecropper and as a deacon and was a civil rights activist. McMullan’s first major recorded work was released in February 2017, over 30 years after his death, and was drawn from recordings he made in 1967 and 1968 in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.
Bluesman. Sharecropper. Church deacon. Civil Rights activist. Hayes McMullan should be a name on every blues aficionados’ short-list and thanks to the preservation fieldwork carried out by one of the genre’s greatest researchers some 50 years ago – it might soon be. Born in 1902, Hayes McMullan was discovered by the renowned American roots scholar, collector and documentarian Gayle Dean Wardlow, author of the seminal blues anthology Chasin’ That Devil Music – Searching for the Blues. Moreover, in his tireless and committed mission to preserve the Blues for future generations, he captured McMullan’s raw talent on tape and on paper. Wardlow recorded these sessions, transcribed the songs and now, writes the sleeve-notes for this landmark release. Wardlow and McMullan met by chance on one of the former’s record-hunting trips, in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, in 1967. Having introduced himself to McMullan on a hunch, it turned out this unassuming elderly man had not only heard of Wardlow’s idol, Charley Patton, but had played alongside him in the 1920s. Striking up a friendship that was deemed unorthodox in 1960’s Mississippi, Wardlow traveled to McMullan’s sharecropper’s shack and convinced him to play guitar for the first time since he quit the blues for the church in the 30’s. Wardlow visited McMullan on a handful of occasions, always taking his recorder, a guitar and some whiskey with him. It was during these visits that Wardlow captured – with surprising clarity – the songs that make up Everyday Seem Like Murder Here. Hayes McMullan passed away at the age of 84 in 1986, his talent and legacy largely unknown.
01 – This Is Hayes Mcmullan (Story)
02 – Fast Old Train
03 – Look -A Here Woman Blues
04 – Back Water Blues (False Start)
05 – Goin’ Away Mama Blues
06 – Every Day in the Week
07 – Playing a Juke with Patton (Story)
08 – Hurry Sundown
09 – How’d Your Brother Die (Story)
10 – Sugar
11 – Smoke Like Lightning
12 – Goin’ Where the Chilly Winds Don’t Blow
13 – The High Water (Story)
14 – Spider on the Wall Blues
15 – Spanish Fandango
16 – Charley, He Was Whiskey Headed (Story)
17 – Hitch up My Pony
18 – Every Day Seem Like Murder Here
19 – Who Gonna Be Your Baby?
20 – Discussions on a Barrelhouse (Story)
21 – Gonna Get Me a Woman (Aka Sunday Woman)
22 – Kansas City Blues
23 – Patton Was a Racket Man (Story)
24 – Bo Weevil Blues
25 – Singing to the Children (Story)
26 – ‘Bout a Spoonful, Takes 1 & 2
27 – No Triflin’ Kid
28 – Delta Walk
29 – Roll and Tumble
30 – I’m Goin’, Don’t You Wanna Go?
31 – Patton’s Death Hearsay (Story)
All tracks previously unreleased (except track “3”).
Recorded at Hayes’ living room, Tutwiler, MS, July 1967 and in a recording studio in Jackson, MS, November 1968.
Remastered from original tapes by John Baldwin.