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Black Ace - I'm The Boss Card In Your Hand

CAT. #: 374

Price: $15.00

CD 374

B.K. Turner "Black Ace" — vocals and National steel guitar.

Recorded in 1960 by Chris Strachwitz and Paul Oliver. Includes most of ARH LP 1003, a few previously unissued selections, and all 6 titles Ace recorded commercially in the 1930s.

1. I Am The Black Ace
2. Bad Times Stomp
3. Drink On Little Girl
4. Santa Fe Blues
5. New Trifling Woman
6. Evil Woman Blues
7. Fore Day Creep
8. Little Augie
9. Your Legs Too Little
10. No Good Woman
11. Santa Claus Blues
12. Golden Slipper
13. Hitchhiking Woman
14. Ace's Guitar Blues
15. Beer Drinking Woman
16. Ace's Guitar Breakdown
17. I've Been In Love With You Baby
18. Trifling Woman
19. Black Ace
20. You Gonna Need My Help Someday
21. Whiskey And Women
22. Christmas Time Blues
23. Lowing Heifer


“the definitive Black Ace collection. Black Ace is an artist often passed over by blues listeners because he recorded so little and doesn't fit into any of the most well-known regional stylistic categories. His music is beautiful, though, with a sensitive styling that is totally his own.”

(Brett Bonner — Living Blues)

“In the late '30s, a Texan by the name of Babe Karo Lemon Turner released a single called `Black Ace Blues.' A Fort Worth radio station started to use the cut as a theme song and soon Turner assumed the moniker. Long before Jeff Healy piqued the music world's curiosity by playing guitar on his lap, Black Ace was playing a National steel guitar on his lap with a slide. He was one of only a few bluesmen who used this technique, the others being Kokomo Arnold and Black Ace's mentor, Oscar `Buddy' Woods. After only a few recordings in the '30s he remained dormant until Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz ventured to his Fort Worth home in 1960 and brought the obscure bluesman back to the public's ear. Those recordings were originally issued the following year on Black Ace's only LP. With the fortunate advent of compact discs, we now have the pleasure of hearing the slide guitarist again some 30 years later. This disc features both the original sides from the '30s and those waxed in '60 including three never issued before. Except for one song left out from the '60s sessions, this is thus the complete Black Ace.

Borrowing as much from Lonnie Johnson as Robert Johnson, Black Ace's style is much more city-like than the latter and less rough around the edges. While it is not as intense as Robert Johnson, it tends to be a little bit more listenable. Of the 70 minutes of music on this disc, almost all of it revolves around women, most of them bad ones. Even the Christmas songs `Christmas Time Blues' and `Santa Claus Blues,' beg not for better times or more money but, you guessed it, for the return of Black Ace's baby.

While his singing is impassioned and brooding, the real treat of Black Ace is his slide guitar playing. His Hawaii-meets-the-Delta playing style is both melodic and passionate, simple yet meaningful. A few instrumental numbers, `Bad Times Stomp,' `Ace's Guitar Blues' and `Ace's Guitar Breakdown,' focus on this aspect and leave questions as to just why this man is not openly enamored by today's guitarists like Ry Cooder and Eric Clapton. With the clear recording of this compact disc, that may change.”

(Scott Cooper —Santa Cruz Sentinel)