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  • Skip James - Hard Times Killing Floor Blues, American Folk and Blues Festival, Cologne Oct. 9, 1967

    3:51

    UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018: please enjoy my new VintageBlues4K version of Skip's original 1931 recording of this song:

    I don't think a version of him performing this song has been on YouTube before. As a fan of PreWar acoustic blues guitar it is always a bit magical to discover a new sliver of audio or video from an artist of that era. As it seems we're about to embark on another Great Depression any day now, we should listen to this message from a guy who managed to make it through the first one, in style. The immortal: Skip James.

    American Folk and Blues Festival
    Cologne, Germany Oct. 9, 1967

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  • Skip James- Hard Time Killin Floor Blues

    3:25

    Skip James- Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues

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  • Skip James - Devil Got My Woman

    3:03

    Skip James early recording

    Lyrics:

    I'd rather be the devil, to be that woman man
    I'd rather be the devil, to be that woman man
    Aw, nothin' but the devil, changed my baby's mind
    Was nothin' but the devil, changed my baby's mind
    I laid down last night, laid down last night
    I laid down last night, tried to take my rest
    My mind got to ramblin', like a wild geese
    From the west, from the west
    The woman I love, woman that I loved
    Woman I loved, took her from my best friend
    But he got lucky, stoled her back again
    But he got lucky, stoled her back again

    There's also a remastered version on youtube at:

  • Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

    3:24

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Hard Time Killing Floor Blues · Skip James

    Blues From The Delta

    ℗ 1996 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

    Released on: 2006-01-01

    Composer: Nehemiah Skip James

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • Mississippi John Hurt & Skip James on WTBS-FM 1964

    35:18

    Mississippi John Hurt (with guest Al Wilson) and Skip James each play a few songs and talk with Phil Spiro on WTBS-FM (Cambridge, MA) c. October 1964...followed by an ad for the 1964 elections!

  • Guitar of Skip James

    16:03

    If you're interested in the tab/music for this YouTube lesson go to:

    In this 2DVD set Tom Feldmann brings you through Skip’s classic 1931 recordings as well as a few fan favorites from his rediscovery years: Crow Jane, Worried Blues, Look Down the Road, and All Night Long.

    Nearly all of the 1931 guitar recordings were played using Crossnote tuning and DVD One is dedicated to those songs with Tom teaching you every aspect of Skip's playing in this tuning. DVD Two continues with two more classics in Crossnote tuning and then turns to Standard tuning for songs in D and E positions and ends with Skip's lone Spanish tuning (Open G) recording: Special Rider Blues.

    Tablature is included as a PDF file on each DVD. In addition the original 1931 recordings of the songs covered are included as well as live footage of Skip James from the 1966 Newport Folk Festival.

    Titles Include: DVD One: Crossnote Tuning: Cypress Grove Blues, Devil Got My Woman, Yola My Blues Away, Hard Time Killing Floor, Cherry Ball Blues, Four O’Clock Blues, Hard Luck Child, DVD Two: Crossnote Tuning: Illinois Blues, I'm So Glad, Standard Tuning: Drunken Spree, Crow Jane, Worried Blues, Look Down the Road, All Night Long, Spanish Tuning: Special Rider Blues

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  • DELTA BLUES Licks in Crossnote Tuning

    8:37

    Tuesday Blues #241 -

    Delta Blues can sound a little eerie and mysterious at times. Couple that with a dark open tuning like Skip James did and you've got yourself a haunting head start.

    In this lesson, we'll learn what intervals make up crossnote tuning (also called open Dm or open Em depending on the pitch of the strings).

    We'll also put this spooky tuning to work in a composition full of licks that sound as fun as they are to play.

    Here are a few songs in Crossnote to check out:

    Skip James
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    Devil Got My Woman
    Hard Time Killin' Floor
    Illinois Blues

    Bukka White
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    Bukka's Jitterbug Swing
    Parchman Farm Blues

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  • Skip James Hard Time Killing Floor Blues on Guitar | Reverb Learn to Play

    10:59

    This Skip James tune is on the 'O Brother Where Art Thou?' soundtrack, but James's Hard Time Killing Floor Blues was originally recorded in 1931, lost, and rediscovered during the folk revival before eventually making its way into the Coen Brothers film (via Chris Thomas King's noteworthy cover.) Here, we break it down so you can revive it again in your own setlist.

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  • Skip James - Hard Time Killin Floor Blues

    3:30

    Skip James - Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues

    Nehemiah Curtis Skip James (June 9,[1] 1902 -- October 3, 1969[2]) was an American delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. Born in Bentonia, Mississippi, he first learned to play guitar from another bluesman from the area, Henry Stuckey. His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate fingerpicking technique. James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931, but these recordings sold poorly due to the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity. After a long absence from the public eye, James was rediscovered in 1964 by three blues enthusiasts, helping further the blues and folk music revival of the 1950s and early 60s. During this period, James appeared at several folk and blues festivals and gave live concerts around the county, also recording several albums for various record labels. He died in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His songs have influenced several generations of musicians, being adapted by Kansas Joe McCoy, Robert Johnson, Cream, Deep Purple, Chris Thomas King, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Beck, Big Sugar, and Rory Block.

    Lyrics

    Hard time's is here
    An ev'rywhere you go
    Times are harder
    Than th'ever been befo'

    Um, hm-hm
    Um-hm
    Um, hm-hm
    Um, hm-hm-hm

    You know that people
    They are driftin' from do' to do'
    But they can't find no heaven
    I don't care where they go

    Um, hm-hm
    Um-uh-hm
    Mm-hm-hm
    Um, hm-hm-hm

    People, if I ever can get up
    Off a-this old hard killin' flo'
    Lord, I'll never get down
    This low no mo'

    Um, hm-hm-hm
    Hm, um-hm
    Hm, hm-hm
    Hm, hm-hm-hm

    Well, you hear me singin'
    This old lonesome song
    People, you know these hard times
    Can't last us so long

    Hm, hm-hm
    Hmm, hmm
    Hm, hm-hm
    Hm, hm-hm, oh Lord

    You know, you'll say you had money
    You better be sho'
    But these hard times gon' kill you
    Just drive a lonely soul

    Um, hm-hm
    Umm, hmm
    Umm, hm-hm
    Hm, hm-hm-hm


    Umm-hm
    Hmm-hm-hm
    Umm-hm
    Hm-hm-hm
    Hmm, hm-hm-hm

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  • Skip James - Hard Time Killin Floor Blues

    2:51

    The original record of killin' floor by Skip James. Noticed it wasn't on YouTube so I thought I would add it. Enjoy!

  • Skip James - Hard Times Killin Floor Blues 1967

    2:51

    Skip James interpretando la canción Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues durante el American Folk & Blues Festival de Colonia el 9 de octubre de 1967

    He creado este vídeo con el Editor de vídeo de YouTube (

  • How to play Hard Time Killing Floor Blues by Skip James

    4:34

    Written by Skip James, recorded 1931.
    Original recording:

  • Piers Faccini - Skip James Cover - Session Acoustique OÜI FM

    3:36

    Réalisation : Alex Diaz
    Montage : Grégoire Tissier-Rebour
    Ingénieurs du son : Vincent Wagner
    Piers Faccini - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - Skip James Cover
    Session du 24 septembre 2013

  • Skip James Hard Time Killing Floor at the New York Guitar Festival

    3:54

    Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar performing Hard Time Killing Floor Blues at the 2006 New York Guitar Festival's tribute to Skip James at Merkin Concert Hall.

  • Devil Got My Woman by Skip James

    4:23

    In this clip from the Newport Folk Festival of 1966, delta blues legend Skip James performs his haunting Devil Got My Woman for an audience that includes Son House and Howlin' Wolf. From the DVD Devil Got My Woman: Blues at Newport 1966. More info at

  • Skip James Ten songs for you GR 040/19

    35:38

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    01 Hard time killing floor blues 00:00
    02 Devil got my woman 03:19
    03 Crow jane 06:17
    04 Look Down The Road 09:12
    05 Catfish blues 12:23
    06 Cypress grove blues 16:57
    07 Special Rider Blues 20:05
    08 Sick Bed Blues 25:12
    09 All Night Long 29:16
    10 Illinois blues 31:59

  • Skip James - Mountain Jack

    4:10

    Music video by Skip James performing Mountain Jack (Live).

  • Skip James Catfish Blues

    4:38

    Skip James Catfish Blues

  • Skip James 1966 Newport Folk Festival

    10:27

    From the DVD Devil Got My Woman (Vestapol 13049 -

  • Skip James Sickbed Blues

    4:10

    Skip James Sickbed Blues

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  • Devil Got My Woman

    3:03

    Provided to YouTube by Believe SAS

    Devil Got My Woman · Skip James

    Mississippi Blues

    ℗ Wnts

    Released on: 2007-11-01

    Composer: Williamson
    Music Publisher: D.R.

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Skip James - The Best of Live in Bloomington, Indiana March 30th, 1968

    53:10

    01. Crow Jane
    02. Look Down The Road
    03. Lorenzo Blues
    04. Devil Got My Woman
    05. I'm So Glad
    05. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
    06. Cherry Ball Blues
    07. Sickbed Blues
    08. Illinois Blues
    09. Cypress Grove Blues
    10. Drunken Spree
    11. Catfish Blues
    12. Hard-Luck Child

  • God Is Real- Skip James

    3:07

  • SKIP JAMES ~ Look Down The Road

    3:21

    Skip James Real Name: Nehemiah Curtis James
    Born: Yazoo City, MS, 1902 Died: Philadelphia, 1969
    Originally called 'Son' James, then 'Skippy' and finally 'Skip', he once remarked I never was in anything too long or deep: that's why I reckon they called me 'Skip'.

  • Skip James - Im So Glad

    1:34

  • Skip James - Im So Glad

    2:50

    I'm So Glad by Skip James, Paramount 13098, February 1931.
    From the Amoeba Music 78 blog We buy 78 collections at

  • Skip James - All night long + Lyrics!!!

    2:49

    Just perfect

    1967

    Lyrics:

    If it's all night long, mama, Lord,if it’s all night long
    If it's all night long, mama, Lord, if it's all night long
    If it's all night...

    Hitch on my pony, mama, saddle my black mare
    You'll find me ridin', mama, Lord, in the world somewhere

    If it's all night long, mama, Lord,if it’s all night long
    If it's all night long, mama, Lord, if it's all night long
    If it's all night long

    You can make me one pallet, mama, make it on the floor
    Make it calm and easy, mama, Lord, so nobody'll never know, never know

    If it's all night long, mama, Lord,if it’s all night long
    If it's all night long, mama, Lord, if it's all night long
    If it's all night...

    Get your hamper in your hand, mama, and let's go down the road
    If you don’t find no berries, mama, Lord, you got to make lovin' good

    If it's all night long, mama, Lord,if it’s all night long
    If it's all night long, mama, Lord, if it's all night long
    If it's all night...

    You can give me them keys, mama, to your back door
    You will never be bothered, baby, with me on the front no more
    never, never no more, never never no more,
    You will never be bothered, baby, with me on the front no more

    If it's all night long, mama, Lord,if it’s all night long
    If it's all night long, mama, Lord, if it's all night long
    If it's all night...

  • SKIP JAMES ~ DRUNKEN SPREE

    2:51

  • SKIP JAMES ~ Illinios Blues

    3:40

  • Crow Jane - Skip James 1967

    1:56

    From the American Folk and Blues Festival, 1962-1969. Copyright, 2004 Reelin in the years, LLC and Experience Hendrix, LLC

  • Devil Got My Woman by Skip James | Solo Acoustic Blues

    19:23

    I'm in acoustic mode this week and taking a look at a delta blues classic by Skip James.

    00:00 Introduction
    01:06 Song demo
    02:35 Open D minor tuning
    05:11 Fingerstyle technique
    06:08 Teaching introduction
    10:26 Teaching Verse
    15:35 Teaching ending
    17:55 Gear - about my guitar
    18:46 That's it, bye...

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  • If You Havent Any Hay - Skip James - Gibson L3

    2:43

    I will teach this song in my upcoming Lesson Pack Volume 10
    Originally recorded by Skip James on the piano. My arrangement is based on Ernie Hawkin's version as he recorded on his excellent cd Blues Advice I added the two solo's.
    Standard tuning key of A, played on a Gibson L3 from 1925

  • Skip James - Devil got my woman

    3:01

    Nehemiah Curtis James (1902-1969)

  • Skip James - Cypress Grove Blues

    3:11

    Cypress Grove Blues 1931

  • Skip James at Newport 64 - Devil Got My Woman

    4:57

    Skip James - Devil Got My Woman (4:52)
    rec. July 25, 1964 live at the Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI; Skip James, voc, g [long (4:52) version from afternoon Blues Workshop]; introduction (most likely) by Bill Barth
    ... this recording first published on and taken from Vanguard VCD2-77005 (2 CD set, US 1993) Blues With A Feeling - Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival

    Skip James color photo: Skip James at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival; source: The Swamper's (Wayne T 'Tom' Helfrich) flickr photostream at (courtesy of John Blackie); photographer: Lawrence Shustack

    Skip James discography at
    Newport Folk Festival discography at

  • Skip James - Cypress Grove Blues

    4:06

    taken from the lp A Tribute to Skip James - vol.1 (BLP-12016) released in 1970.
    Nehemiah Skip James (guitar-vocal)
    Recorded Dec. 16, 1964.

  • Crow Jane- Skip James: Youve Never Heard It Like This #12!

    3:16

    Crow Jane- Skip James

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  • Skip James Talks Songwriting and His Music

    5:23

    3 months after his 'rediscovery' by blues fiends in 1964.
    He calls Devil Got My Woman as Devil Blues.
    He talks about where he was when he wrote several of his songs way back when, such as Illinois Blues.
    He speaks of composing, arranging, etc.
    Talks about Cypress Grove being the place back home he was supposed to be buried.
    Lots of other fascinating stuff here.
    Had to share.

  • Skip James - Hard time killin floor blues

    2:51

    complete 1931 Paramount recordings reissued by Body & Soul (2005)

  • Crow Jane - By JR

    2:55

    Iconic song by one of my favorite Blues artists, Nehemiah Curtis Skip James. This is a shortened version, inspired by a 1967 performance by James, just two years before his passing. A shout out to some of you here on YouTube who have encouraged me to record this one, it was fun! My tuning here is a Whole Step Down (DGCFAD). Hope you enjoy it! :-)

  • Skip James - Cherry ball blues

    4:30

    Today! (1966)

  • Skip James - Im So Glad

    3:19

    -uploaded in HD at

  • Skip James - Be Ready when he Comes

    2:54

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  • Skip James - Im So Glad

    2:50

    Original 78 RPM pressing (1931 ?)
    NOT digitally remastered...thank goodness

  • Special Rider Blues SKIP JAMES Delta Blues Guitar

    3:09


    SKIP JAMES (1902-1969)
    Special Rider Blues (1931)

  • Skip James - Crow Jane

    3:01

    Today! (1966)

  • skip james - devil got my woman.

    3:01

    El Demonio tiene a mi mujer

    No fue otro que el diablo
    Cambió la mente de mi chica
    Si, nadie mas que el diablo
    cambió la mente de mi chica

    Preferiría ser el diablo
    antes que ser el hombre de esa mujer
    Si, preferiría ser el diablo
    antes que ser el hombre de esa mujer

    Bien, anoche me rendí
    Anoche me rendí
    Anoche me rendí
    Sabes que intenté tomar mi descanso

    Mi mente comenzó a divagar
    sabes, como las ocas salvajes del oeste

    Señor, podría tener razon
    y entonces de nuevo, podría estar equivocado
    Señor, podría tener razon
    bien, y entonces de nuevo, podría estar equivocado
    Bien, la mujer que amo
    la mujer que amo
    la mujer que amo
    Robársela a mi mejor amigo

    Sabes, tuvo suerte
    y me la robó de nuevo

    Y preferiría mucho antes ser el demonio
    que ser el hombre de esa mujer

  • Skip James - Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader

    3:01

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  • Devil Got My Woman- Skip James

    5:21

  • Skip James - My Gal

    6:07

    Today! (1966)

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