Monday, 2 March 2015

Blues Monday #7: Don't Mash My Digger So Deep by Bo Carter

We've reached the part of the series where we lower the tone somewhat and get all Finbarr Saunders. Yes, the blues has always had an undercurrent of naughtiness about it, but some songs are more obviously bawdy than others.

Bo Carter was born and raised on a plantation in Mississippi. As well as being a successful solo artist during the 1930s, he was also a member of the renowned Mississippi Sheiks. Carter recorded the original version of Corrine, Corrina in 1928, a song that has since become a standard. However, it is his innuendo-ridden songs for which he is chiefly remembered. I mean, who could resist songs with titles like: Banana In Your Fruit Basket, She's Your Cook But She Burns My Bread Sometimes and Let Me Roll Your Lemon?

Despite his enormous influence, Carter's popularity began to wane during the 40s and by the end of WW2 he had dropped out of the music industry altogether. He passed away in 1964 aged 71. The hilarious Don't Mash My Digger So Deep was recorded around 1936.



  1. Haven't heard this one before, Robster, but he seemed to enjoy (or the white record companies enjoyed profiting from) these ribald tunes, such as 'My Pencil Won't Write No More.'

  2. It's time I got out My Big 10 Inch ..... record of the Blues!