I’m not sure who first wrote or recorded the song “Bottle (Step) It Up and Go.” The details of the song's origins seem to have been lost to time. For many decades the standard practice of record producers was to claim the copyright credit for artist’s works. This makes tracking a popular song such as “Bottle (Step) It Up and Go” difficult. Perhaps one of the riders on the Bus can shed some light on the song’s origin.
The song probably originated from the Yazoo delta region, but it traveled well across political boundaries as well as musical genres. The title and lyrics may have changed along the way, but the basic, foot-tappin', rhythm remained.
Tommy McClennan - Bottle It Up and Go.mp3 Leadbelly - Uncle Sam Says (Bottle Up and Go).mp3 Sonny Terry - Touch It Up and Go.mp3 Charlie Burse & His Memphis Mudcats - Oil It Up and Go.mp3 The Maddox Brothers and Rose - New Step It Up and Go.mp3 Ike Turner - Shake It Up And Go.mp3
please excuse the poor quality, my copy is well worn.
Kenny Baker & Josh Graves - Step It Up and Go.mp3
with special thanks to frequent rider, Laurel, for this beautiful version
Chris Smither & Jorma Kaukonen - Step It Up and Go.mp3
from the fabulous True Folk
CD. I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of this great collection at CD Baby
or your local record store.