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Rediscovered gem - Sid Selvidge

GUEST,frankie 07 Sep 01 - 03:52 PM
Hollowfox 08 Sep 01 - 02:33 PM
wysiwyg 08 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM
katlaughing 08 Sep 01 - 02:46 PM
GUEST,frankie 13 Sep 01 - 07:38 PM
wysiwyg 13 Sep 01 - 08:01 PM
Stefan Wirz 15 May 03 - 02:48 AM
rogerontheoldtraps 09 Oct 05 - 01:24 PM
Sheila Felton 09 Oct 05 - 06:03 PM
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Subject: Rediscovered gem
From: GUEST,frankie
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 03:52 PM

Some months ago I made an inquiry here about Sid Selvidge and one mudcatter was kind enough to mention a recording of his called "Twice Told Tales". I stumbled across it in a used CD bin about about a month ago and I've been listening to it ever since. I don't recall having heard a recording that I like so much of. He is a great practitioner of the country blues and sings them, even funky, funny ones like "Keep It Clean", in his own voice (and what a voice!). That is, not like he's trying to recreate some hokum out of the past but he makes it all sound fresh and real. His guitar playing is clean and spare and very tasteful and tasty. Also, let me add, beautifully recorded. This is all just part of the story because he covers so much other ground so well. He does the best version of "Buffalo Skinners" that I've ever heard, he does some goodtime Rock and Roll, some gospel type singing, a Woody-type ballad and a stunning original ballad called "Here Today". You might think such an eclectic program might be doomed to failure but it all works, probably because of that voice. I won't try to describe its' physical properties, I'll only say he sounds like he has a deep appreciation for and understanding of every song and every word he sings. I kind of like this one. All submitted IMHO. frankie

PS Wasn't able to pull up the name of that mudcatter out of the archives but I'd like to say thanks.

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Subject: RE: Rediscovered gem
From: Hollowfox
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for posting, Frankie. Not only did you let that 'Catter know that you found and liked the DC, but you also let the rest of us know that there's another good CD out there that we should keep an eye out for.

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Subject: RE: Rediscovered gem
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 02:37 PM

I did quite a bit of looking at Mudcat searches with the indormation you gave-- no luck. If you could recall more someone might be able to find the old thread. And then if you join, you could also thank that person in a PM, in case they ain't around at the time this thread is viewable on the day's thread list.


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Subject: RE: Rediscovered gem
From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 02:46 PM

Frankie, because you have kindly added your name to the GUEST appellation, you can click on it, at the top of your posting and it will take you to a page with links to all of your postings. In that way, you should be able to find the old thread and who it was recommended the CD.

Thanks for letting us know.


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Subject: RE: Rediscovered gem
From: GUEST,frankie
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 07:38 PM

Thanks everyone. I looked through all my postings as a guest kat, and didn't find anything. It was a question about Sid's version of "Shake Sugaree" as I recall. Regards, Frankie.

And Susan, I just check in from time to time in the public library so I don't think membership is open to me but I'll look into it. Thanks.

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Subject: RE: Rediscovered gem
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 08:01 PM

See if the library computer will let you get a cookie-- try to join and see what happens. I'll do some more looking later too.


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Subject: RE: Rediscovered gem
From: Stefan Wirz
Date: 15 May 03 - 02:48 AM

Sid Selvidge is now Executive Producer of Beale Street Caravan, Inc., Memphis TN., 'the most widely distributed Blues radio program in the world' that can be traced at

BTW: There's a Sid Selvidge discography online at

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Subject: Review: Sid Selvidge: A real gem!
From: rogerontheoldtraps
Date: 09 Oct 05 - 01:24 PM

Once in a while, I feel truly justified for all the time I've spent surfing the Internet. Such as when I recently received Sid Selvidge's CD, A Little Bit of Rain, which I ordered after reading some reviews at

The instant I heard Selvidge's wonderful voice, I knew I'd hit paydirt, and it only got better the more I listened. Where the hell have *I* been? Why is this artist not better known?

One reviewer commented that artists such as Selvidge can get by just releasing one CD every few years. Someone needs to get Selvidge in the studio to document more of this man's artistry for posterity.


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Subject: RE: Review: Sid Selvidge: A real gem!
From: Sheila Felton
Date: 09 Oct 05 - 06:03 PM

If you like "A Little Bit of Rain," you really should get "Twice Told Tales," which is even better, IMO. You can also hear him with Mudboy and the Neutrons," from back in the '60s (on CD and called "It Came From Memphis, on Birdman label.) And nobody sings Fred Neil's "I've Got A Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)" better than Sid Selvidge-- except Fred Neil--

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