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Singer and steel guitarist Casey Bill Weldon may be obscure today, but he recorded enough material in a three-year period to fill up three CDs. Vol. 2 has five unissued performances (four of which are alternate takes) among the 25 performances. Various selections have Weldon joined by pianist Black Bob, Tampa Red or Big Bill Broonzy on guitars, Charlie McCoy on mandolin, and clarinetist Arnett Nelson. Weldon is best remembered for his composition "We Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," and the original version of that future standard is a highlight of this disc, along with such numbers as "I'se Just a Bad Luck Man," "Streamline Woman," "I Believe I'll Make a Change," and the good-time "Oh, Red."


Born: 10 July 1909 in Pine Bluff, AR

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s

Steel guitarist Will Weldon is remembered as Casey Bill Weldon, and was also known in his time as Kansas City Bill and Levee Joe. "Casey", like "KC" or "Kaycee," referred to his links with the Kansas City music scene, although he could just as easily have been named after Pine Bluff, AK where he was born in 1909, or Atlanta or Memphis where he made his first recordings in 1927 after performing in medicine shows throughout the south. Inspired directly by the great Peetie Wheatstraw, Weldon was equally...
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