Went looking for the Black Friday Record Store Day cream colored vinyl release of Little Richard's second album and found this at the same place...a nice bonus. (Plus my very first non-Bluebird Missourians)
Lockwood Lewis dir / R. Q. Dickerson, Lammar Wright t / De Priest Wheeler tb / unknown, George Scott cl, as / Walter Thomas cl, ts, bar / Earres Prince p / Morris White bj / Jimmy Smith bb / Leroy Maxey d.
Ramblin' Thomas (1902–1945) was an American country blues
singer, guitarist and songwriter. He was the brother of another blues musician,
Jesse Thomas. Thomas is best remembered for his slide guitar playing, and
recording several pieces in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Blues scholars seem
undecided if Thomas's nickname of Ramblin' was in reference to his style of playing,
or itinerant nature.
Willard Thomas was born in Logansport, Louisiana, one of
nine children. His father played the fiddle, and three brothers Joe L., Jesse,
and Willard learnt to play the guitar, with Willard particularly practising
slide guitar techniques. Thomas relocated to Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas in the
late 1920s, and was influenced by the playing of Lonnie Johnson. He performed
in San Antonio, Oklahoma and possibly St. Louis, Missouri in his subsequent
travels. Thomas recorded in both Dallas and Chicago between 1928 and 1932, for
Paramount Records and Victor Records.
Thomas reportedly died of tuberculosis in 1945 in
Memphis, Tennessee. Recorded in Chicago in February, 1928.