CANNED HEAT BLUES

Latest update on 19/07/2010

Artist: Triangle Harmony Boys
Author: Tommy Johnson
Label: Gennett
Year: 1927

Canned Heat was another word for Sterno, a cooking fuel based on denatured alcohol. Sterno was the trademark, Canned Heat the slugline. First cut as an instrumental. The Triangle Harmony Boys came from Alabama; that's where the harshest terpentine farms were located.

Covers:

1928:

Sloppy Henry [real name: Waymon Henry; oldest vocal recording (for Okeh)]

1928:

Tommy Johnson [the original 'crossroads man' (see: Cross Road Blues) and the man credited for this one; Tommy was hooked on it; his Cool Drink Of Water gives another clue, with the opening line: "I asked her for water and she gave me gasoline"]

1961:

K.C. Douglas

1975:

Rory Block

1993:

Paul Rishell

1995:

Diamond Jim Greene

1999:

Catfish Keith

2001:

Chris Thomas King [on concept album around Tommy Johnson; Chris plays the part of Tommy in the brothers Coen film O Brother, Where Art Thou?]

2005:

Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie

The song naming the ultimate white blues band. Canned heat was what die-hard boozers drank when they ran out of moonshine.

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