When it comes to great Cincinnati related vinyl projects, Shake It Records does some cool stuff. And this new mission is no exception. I think what I love about releases like this is not only the nostalgia for our great city, but the fact that Shake It just has interesting ideas and makes them happen.
So I’m happy today to be letting you know about “Play It Like You Did Back To George Street: An Anthology of Cincinnati Blues 1927-1936.” It’s 29 tracks of pre-war Cincinnati blues that includes solo guitar, jug band, hokum & plenty of kazoo and stovepipe! You read that right, “plenty of kazoo and stovepipe.”
First of all, understand that tracking down and compiling all of this had to be an incredibly difficult task. Not to mention the fact that people aren’t exactly clamoring for an effort like this and it could have been a fruitless affair. But that is what makes stores/labels like Shake It stand out. The guys see something they like, and they get it done. And after hearing a couple of samples from the album, I’m pretty certain you are going to love it. Speaking of samples, here is one.
The format is a double LP with a digital download card and should be available in mid to late November.
I’m really excited for this one, and even more excited when I see on the bottom right hand side of the cover the label that reads “Music From Ohio Vol. 1.” So this looks like just the first in a great series.