Historical Retrospective MANCE LIPSCOMB “NAVASOTA” on Sunset Blvd Records

Article Contributed by Leighton Media | Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

On September 17, Sunset Blvd. Records is releasing the live recordings of Texas song stylist Mance Lipscomb. Called “Navasota,” Mance was born just outside there on April 9, 1895. He played blues classics throughout his life, and was the first signing, in June 1960 by the Legendary Roots music label, Arhoolie Records.  This was also the first recorded music from Mance, who was celebrating his 65th year.

Mance Lipscomb represented one of the last remnants of the 19th century songster tradition, which predated the development of the blues. Though songsters might incorporate blues into their repertoires, as did Lipscomb, they performed a wide variety of material in diverse styles, much of it common to both black and white traditions in the South, including ballads, rags, dance pieces (breakdowns, waltzes, one and two steps, slow drags, reels, ballin’ the jack, the buzzard lope, hop scop, buck and wing, heel and toe polka), and popular, sacred, and secular songs.

Mance Lipscomb himself insisted that he was a songster, not a guitarist or “blues singer,” since he played “all kinds of music.” His eclectic repertoire has been reported to have contained 350 pieces spanning two centuries.

This album represents 3 previously unreleased performances from 1963, ’64 and ’72.

Albuu notes by Bill Wahl for Sunset Blvd, noted that Mance’s performances included “finger-picked guitar technique provided vivid and irresistible accompaniment for his supremely atmospheric vocals” of repertoire than encompassed Tin Pan Alley ditties….., along with slide-soaked gospel pieces, reels, breakdowns, patriotic themes—each and every one rendered in his own inimitable style” which was rooted in blues.

$1.00 From Each Album Sold Will Be Donated To Knowledge-First.org, Houston, Texas

Disc 1 1972 Harvard University

Texas Blues

Alabama Jubilee

See See Rider

Baby Please Don’t Go

I Ain’t Got Nobody

Done Had My Fun

Rock Me Baby

Keep On Trucking

Key To The Highway

Shine On Harvest Moon

All Night Long

True Religion

When The Saints Go Marching In

Disc 2 Texas ’63/’64

Rock Me Mama

So Different Blues  

Shorty George Cut Down

Long Way From Tipperary  

Trouble In Mind

Night Time Is The Right Time

Mama Don’t Allow

Careless Love

When Death Comes Creepin’ In Your Door (Run Sinner Run)

Motherless Children

Blues In G

Bumble Bee Blues  

Rag In F

Diddy Wah Diddy

Little Brown Jug

Ella Speed

Big Black Mule To Ride

You Don’t Have To Go

Late Hour Blues

Nobody Cares For Me