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Pony Blues is one of the themes you can hear in many variations. Some classic versions are Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and "Stone Poney Blues", Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues", and not to forget Willie Brown's "M&O Blues". The pony that is probably best know today is Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", made popular recently by Eric Clapton's recording of the song on his Unplugged album.

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If you, as me, like Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", there are at least two sources. The first, and in my opinion the best, is to turn to the original. The song is transcribed and analyzed in Woody Mann's book/CD set on Big Bill Broonzy's.

The other option is of course to get the transcriptions of all the songs on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album.

For other versions of this and more classic blues, I recommend:

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Robert Johnson, Mythmaking and Contemporary American Culture
Suddenly Robert Johnson is everywhere. Though the Mississippi bluesman died young and recorded only twenty-nine songs, the legacy, legend, and lore surrounding him continue to grow. Focusing on these developments, Patricia R. Schroeder's "Robert Johnson, Mythmaking, and Contemporary American Culture" breaks new ground in Johnson scholarship, going beyond simple or speculative biography to explore him in his larger role as a contemporary cultural icon.
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Delta Blues Guitar
Visit with living legend Honeyboy Edwards, one of the last links to the classic Delta blues of the 1920s and '30s. He imparts wisdom and wit while reminiscing about his life and friends, including Robert Johnson. Features detailed demos and thrilling performances of solo country blues, slide & lead guitar, boogie bass lines and more, with a detailed booklet of key musical examples.
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Can't You Hear The Wind Howl
This is an in-depth documentary on Robert Johnson, one of the greatest folk/blues guitarists who ever lived. Hosted by Danny Glover and featuring interviews with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robert Cray, and many more.
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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson Vol 2
On Rory Block's second installment into the great blues artist's legacy, she provides complete note-by-note, lick-by-lick instruction for three of his most powerful songs: Cross Road Blues * Ramblin' on My Mind * and Hellhound on My Trail.
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