Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bottle It Up and Go

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.


Anonymous 自由田园 said...

Seems interesting!
mp3 music can be downloaded for free in some sites of China. There is no copyrights.
But you could only download older music. If you want newers, please wait for uploader, haha!

August 01, 2007 5:09 AM  
Anonymous Rockin'n'rollin' said...

I don't knew the story of "Step it up.." that I knew
by the maddox bros. thks.

Also for the hawayan post

August 01, 2007 9:02 AM  
Blogger saujs said...

nice one


August 01, 2007 9:56 AM  
Anonymous john said...

I love that expression and use it often.
But, if it's said at my local it ends up costing the price of a growler.
Well, that's it for today. I've got to bottle up and go!

August 01, 2007 2:33 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

You really stepped it up, Ed, and went and posted some killer tunes! Many thanks, esp. for the Smither & Kaukonen version. I will look into purchasing that one.

August 01, 2007 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

This has to be one great song! You've posted so many different takes on it. My personal fave is by the Maddox Bros. It has a rockabilly feel, and rockabilly hasn't been heard popularly for a long time. Great choice, Ed!

August 01, 2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger Elige un recuerdo said...

Buen playlist, me mola

August 01, 2007 8:57 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks folks, (Gracias, elige un recuerdo, and Grazie, rockin’n’rollin’)I’m glad y’all enjoyed, although I was really hoping that someone had some insight into the origin of “Bottle It Up and Go”.

Greg – That Smither & Kaukonen is great, as is the rest of “True Folk”. You won’t go wrong owning a copy.

August 01, 2007 10:01 PM  
Blogger Chari said...

Its really very very good

August 09, 2007 1:34 AM  

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