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James Arnold (he became known as Kokomo Arnold after he covered Scrapper Blackwell's "Kokomo Blues" as "Old Original Kokomo Blues" in 1934) had a fast and distinctive slide guitar sound that makes nearly every one of the 88 sides he recorded for Decca Records between 1934 and 1938 a complete delight, and although it usually takes a back seat to his guitar skills, his singing was also energetic, varied and often quite striking. This P-Vine set collects his key tracks, including "Old Original Kokomo Blues," the ubiquitous "Milk Cow Blues," the bustling "The Twelves" and "Stop, Look and Listen," making this a decent introduction to one of the finest stylists of the early country blues.


Born: 15 February 1901 in Lovejoys Station, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s

"Kokomo" was a popular brand of coffee early in the 20th century, and was the subject of Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell's first recorded blues in 1928. When slide guitar specialist James Arnold revamped this number as "Old Original Kokomo Blues" for Decca in 1934, little did he know that this would soon become his permanent handle -- Kokomo Arnold. Kokomo Arnold was born in Georgia, and began his musical career in Buffalo, New York in the early '20s. During prohibition, Kokomo Arnold worked primarily...
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