HEY LOCO FANS – Blues legend Skip James started recording his final album on this day in 1967 and wrapped it up two days later on March 24. “Devil Got My Woman” is the fourth studio album by Skip James and was released in 1968. It was his last record before his death in 1969.
His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor-key sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate fingerpicking technique. James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931, but these recordings sold poorly, having been released during the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity.
After a long absence from the public eye, James was rediscovered in 1964 by blues enthusiasts including John Fahey, helping further the blues and folk music revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, James appeared at folk and blues festivals, gave concerts around the country, and recorded several albums for various record labels. His songs have influenced generations of musicians and have been adapted by numerous artists. He has been hailed as “one of the seminal figures of the blues.”
Here’s the track listing:
1. Good Road Camp Blues – 3:47
2. Little Cow and Calf Is Gonna Die Blues – 3:20
3. Devil Got My Woman – 5:10
4. Look at the People Standing at the Judgement – 2:58
5. Worried Blues – 5:55
6. 22-20 Blues – 3:50
7. Mistreating Child Blues – 3:54
8. Sickbed Blues – 4:05
9. Catfish Blues – 4:35
10. Lorenzo Blues – 4:17
11. Careless Love – 3:59