Prestige - 9915 - 1997

The Bluesville Years,

Vol. 7: Blues Blue, Blues White

Various Artists
Date of Release: Apr, 1962 - May, 1965

AMG REVIEW: 21-track compilation of white folk blues from the early and mid-'60s, originally recorded for Prestige. Some of the top talents of that mini-genre are represented here, including Dave Van Ronk, Tom Rush, Geoff Muldaur, Tracy Nelson, Eric Von Schmidt, and Danny Kalb. This kind of white acoustic blues revivalism has fallen out of favor since the '60s, but it certainly played its role in bringing the blues to a wider audience. The performances are respectful and occasionally stirring. If you want just a mild dose instead of entire albums by the above artists, this is a good pickup. -- Richie Unterberger, All-Music Guide

Production Notes:
Original sessions produced by Samuel Charters or Paul A. Rothchild
Series concept and coordination--Bill Belmont
Compiled and annotated by Samuel Charters
Recorded between April 1962 and May 1963, and originally released on Prestige/Bluesville albums.


Charlie Musselwhite - Harmonica
Geoff Muldaur - Guitar, Vocals, Harmony
Tom Rush - Guitar, Arranger, Vocals
Samuel B. Charters - Guitar, Piano, Producer, Liner Notes, Compilation
Ann Charters - Photography
Tracy Nelson - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Eric Von Schmidt - Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals
Dave Van Ronk - Guitar, Vocals
Abe Bolar - Bass
Sam Charters - Original Session Producer
Danny Kalb - Guitar, Harmonica
Mel Lyman - Harmonica
Fritz Richmond - Bass (Washboard)
Paul Rothchild - Original Session Producer
Don Schlitten - Photography
Harvey Smith - Piano
Peter Wolfe - Guitar
Jim Marshall - Photography
Phil Carroll - Art Direction
Barry Kornfeld - Guitar (Rhythm)
Deb Sibony - Design
Bill Keogh - Piano
Bill Beomont -


  1. Fixin' to Die (Van Ronk, Dave) - 2:52
  2. Come Back Baby (Van Ronk, Dave) - 3:49
  3. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Van Ronk, Dave) - 4:40
  4. Statesboro Blues (Van Ronk, Dave) - 1:52
  5. Baby Please Don't Go (Rush, Tom) - 2:51
  6. Alabama Bound (Rush, Tom) - 3:10
  7. Nobody Knows You (When You're Down... (Kalb, Danny) - 2:50
  8. Jelly Roll Baker (Muldaur, Geoff) - 3:10
  9. Trouble Soon Be Over (Muldaur, Geoff) - 3:48
  10. Motherless Chile Blues (Muldaur, Geoff) - 3:11
  11. Everybody Ought to Make a Change (Muldaur, Geoff) - 3:16
  12. Grieving Hearted Blues (Nelson, Tracy) - 3:16
  13. Ramblin' Man (Nelson, Tracy) - 2:22
  14. House of the Rising Sun (Nelson, Tracy) - 2:15
  15. Long Old Road (Nelson, Tracy) - 3:11
  16. Champagne Don't Hurt Me, Baby (Von Schmidt, Eric) - 3:04
  17. Gulf Coast Blues (Von Schmidt, Eric) - 4:34
  18. Light Rain (Von Schmidt, Eric) - 5:06
  19. Just to See You Stand that Way (Von Schmidt, Eric) - 2:18
  20. Rambling on My Mind (New Strangers) - 2:56
  21. Key to the Highway (New Strangers) - 2:40
Time 67:11

(Light Rain and Just to See You Stand that Way from Eric Sings Von Schmidt with Geoffrey Muldaur and Mel Lyman)