When I started to learn the guitar as a teenager I was lucky to meet on my road a few recordingss by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississipi John Hurt and many others. These adaptations in french are a tribute to all these lonesome southern bluesmen who made me want to play this style of guitar

 

1-Un lit sur mon plancher : (a pallet on your floor)

« Pallet on your floor »-Mississipi John Hurt. Several different versions of

that song exist. Sometimes entitled « Ain’t no tellin’ »

Seems to be born at the end of the XIX° century

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, dobro, mandolin

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

CLIP: Réalisation Emmanuel et Bernard DAUTANT

 

2-La route du blues : (Deep river blues)

Traditionnal-Deep river blues.From a Negro spiritual,

You can find this song in many artist's repertory

I've discovered it through Doc Watson beautiful interpretation

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, dobro, Harmonica

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

 

 

3-Le blues de l’hésitation : (Hesitation blues)

By Smythe, Middleton et Gillham, three guys from

St Louis who wrote that song in 1914, I knew Hesitation Blues  

by english Folk Singer and composer

Ralph Mac Tell (8 frames a second)

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, banjo, Kazoo

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Washboard

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

 

 

4-Ça me rend fou : (it hurts me too)

It hurts me too-This song became a hit and was recorded

byTampa Red and Elmore James.

I discovered it on Bob DYLAN's Self portrait LP

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, bass

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jean Paul ALIMI : Organ

 

 

5-Le blues de la cocaïne:(Cocaïne blues)

Cocaïne Blues is a western swing song by  TJ Arnal and

was sung by Johnny Cash. I knew that song by

Davey's Graham LP "Folk, blues and Beyong"

a great guitarist of the 60,70 ties. which announces

many things that happened later in the mix of musics

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, Harmonica

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

 

6-Elle a quelque chose : (She's got something there)

As I was traveling in London I bought in Denmark street an

old Blind Boy Fuller LP. He was a blind singer playing Dobro guitar

and died when he was 34. 

An inescapable song in this genre

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice,Dobro, guitar

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Washboard

BERTRAND : Stringbass

7-Frankie et Johnny :

A  traditionnal theme that I learnt from Mississipi John Hurt

recordings and that was interpreted by many artists

This is my personal version

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars

François LEROUDIER : Harmonica

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

8-Je prends la route : (Goin down the road)

« Goin’ down the road » is a traditionnal song. Many artists sung this white blues whose first recording was credited to  Henry Whitter en 1924.

I discovered that song listening to Woody Guthrie and made a personal version of it 

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars

François LEROUDIER : Harmonica

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

 

9-L’homme qui fait des glaces :(Candy man)

Written in 1928 by Mississipi John Hurt provides one illustration of the

poetry of the Blues using continuously a double langage

The man who sells candies  is at the same time the one who provides and whose candy is a part of masculine anatomy générale situated in the lower belly

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

 

 

10-J’ai cru que j’étais mort :(That will never happen no more)

From « That will never happen no more » by Blind Blake recorded in 1927,

A singer who played Blues and Ragtime as well

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, Kazoo

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jérôme BERTRAND : Stringbass

11-Personne ne t’aime : (Nobody loves you )

« Nobody loves you when you’re down and out » is a blues standard

composé at the time of prohibition by Jimmy Cox.

I knew the song by the interpretation of guitarist singer

Gary Peterson,  Ragtime Blues guitarist

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, guitars, bass

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Drums

Jean Paul ALIMI : Organ

12-Le blues des chiens policiers: (Police dog blues)

L'histoire d'un vagabond qui se fait mordre par les chiens de la police au gré de ses errances. Blind Blake grandit au début du XX° siècle entre Blues et Ragtime. Une époque où on jouait encore avec des modèles Parlour à 12 cases.

Bernard DAUTANT: Chant, guitare dobro

Hugues BOUSSEREAU : Washboard

13-Trop loin :(Vestapol)

I knew this open D tune by Stefan Grossman, american guitarist who collected a lot of songs from the South.

Sometimes you'll find it as  « Vestapol » or « That’s no way to get along »,

I wrote a personal interpretation inspired by to day's actuality of migrant people

Bernard DAUTANT : Voice, Guitar

Song samples
Ont participé à MES BLUES :

Hugues BOUSSEREAU

Batterie, percus add

Arrangement rythmique

JeanPaul ALIMI
orgue

Jerome BERTRAND
Contrebasse

Harmonica Jones
Harmonica