Charley Patton – Mississippi Boweavil Blues (1929)

Perhaps as early as 1908, blues pioneer Charley Patton wrote a song called “Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues” and recorded it in July 1929 (as “The Masked Marvel”) for Paramount Records. Some of the lyrics are similar to “Boll Weevil,” describing the first time and “the next time” the narrator saw the boll weevil and making reference to the weevil’s family and home.


Third Man Records is thrilled to announce the release of the first three records in our highly-anticipated Document Records reissue series.

Pre-orders are available now in our online store (with a January 29th in-store release date) for Volume 1 of The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks. The first 400 customers to purchase the bundle of all three records will receive a free 5″ x 8″ print insert of the Rob Jones Charley Patton cover image.

Subsequent volumes will be released regularly and new artists will be slotted for release from this fantastic catalog of blues greats as soon as this first series is complete.

The recordings we’ll be presenting in this reissue series are the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, R&B, Elvis, teenagerism, punk rock… it all goes back to these vital, breathtaking recordings. Third Man Records is proud to present these landmark albums in conjunction with Document Records, with brand new, jaw-dropping artwork by Rob Jones and new insightful liner notes, on vinyl for the first time in decades. Every record collection should have ample room for these highly important and endlessly listenable albums.


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