Hidin’ on Me: Jackson Blue Boys (Charlie McCoy), mandolin transcription

Another incredible tune from one of the Mississippi Sheiks configurations, this time under the Jackson Blue Boys. Recorded December 1928 in New Orleans, Charlie McCoy is on mandolin/vocals, along with Walter Vinson on guitar/vocals and Bo Chatmon on lead vocal. The side was recorded on Columbia under number 14397-D. This same session produced “Sweet Alberta,” a reworking of “Corrine, Corrina” recorded by the three at a separate session in New Orleans the previous month.

To me, McCoy is one of the quintessential blues mandolinists for creating a part to accompanying a vocalist. He finds a theme and sticks to it. They are chromatic, often thinking through how to connect chords in some fun, bouncy way. Hidin’ on Me is such an example. Set up like a “New River Train” type song where the chorus is really the first 8 bars of the line, it’s a wonderful and prototypical pre-war blues tune focused on desire, sex, and infidelity. McCoy’s mandolin accompaniment is light, thoughtful, and adds to the lilt of this singalong.

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