So, just when I think I’m thoroughly on top of all “SJI” obsessiveness online and off, along comes an email from friend of this site Carl Wilson alerting me to the efforts of the site Honey, Where You Been So Long?
HWYBSL, as I’ll call it for simplicity’s sake, is devoted to all sorts of pre-war blues, but that has definitely included “SJI” and its variations.
Poking through the site, there’s a post from back in August of 2007 about the Hokum Boys’ two versions of “Gambler’s Blues.” A November post about Blind Willie “McTell’s Dyin’ Crapshooter Blues” (1940 version) followed.
Things heated up a bit in 2008. In March, HWYBSL announced it was compiling a sort of “SJI” master-list. (That post actually says the author intended to get in touch with me — if he did, I have no memory of it. But as will become clear, he hardly needed to!)
Yes, there are versions here that I haven’t heard, and I’m working on rectifying that. (This also reminds me that I badly need to update my sidebar listing, which is missing a bunch of stuff that I’ve learned of or even written about since I last updated it. Just waiting for that big chunk of free time to emerge …)
Anyway, major kudos to HWYBSL — I recommend that site not just for “SJI,” but for a positive trove of musical exploration.
And big thanks to Carl for the pointer.