“Gambler’s Blues” (Unfortunate Rake, Part Two)

This post on “Gambler’s Blues”/”St. James Infirmary” is the second installment on variants of the “Unfortunate Rake” ballads. The first installment was on an older, British “Rake” ballad, called “Pills of White Mercury,” in which the narrator comes across a military comrade wrapped in white linen and dying. Mercury was a … → read more

Little Sadie – Cocaine Blues and Classic Country

Note: this is Part 2 of a three part series on “Little Sadie” – See also Part 1 and Part 3 Introduction Last week we looked at the roots and early life of the ballad most commonly known as “Little Sadie”.  But it wasn’t the first time she walked through … → read more