Hi Wobbly, :
: This is for John Miller, or anyone else who
: knows. Could you tell me what the chord
: progression for Papa Charlie Jackson's Airy
: Man is? It sounds like D to me, but I'm
: having trouble with some of the other chords.
: Thanks very much for the info.
You are right, "Airy Man" is in D. Progression for the first verse is as follows, I believe.
Subsequent verses and the chorus have the following progression, I believe
|D |D|E/D, Eminor/D|D|
the first solo:
I am showing the progression in 4-bar phrases. Where I'm showing G7, Papa Charlie may actually simply be switching from a D chord to a D minor--it's very hard to hear if he switches to a G bass, but in any event, the F# note on the first string second fret in the D chord is going to an F Natural note at the first fret. The E over D is 7th fret first string, 9th fret second and third string. The E minor over D is 7th fret first string, 8th fret second string and 9th fret third string. Papa Charlied continues to play a D bass under these chords, hence the compound designations--E/D and Eminor/D. It is a crying shame that Papa Charlie's recordings are available only in re-issues with really poor sound, but I think he did primarily acoustic recordings, like Lemon.