Bo Carter was Delta Bluesman of rare distinction and originality. His skill as a guitarist saw him playing his intricate riffs in a variety of keys and tunings and his bawdy songs, dripping with sexual innuendo, made him one of the best selling country Blues artists of the 30s. With his family band, the Mississippi Sheiks, he took Blues music across the ‘race line’ in the segregated South, but retired before the Folk/Blues revival of the late 50s could expose his talents to the world.
‘Your Biscuits are Big Enough for Me’ is a typical Bo Carter hokum Blues;
In the late 20s, Arminter began to go blind, but his superior guitar skills meant he was offered the chance to make some recordings. Chosing the name Bo Carter, he was the first artist to record the classic Blues ‘Corinne, Corinne’ in 1928, but he soon began specialising in bawdy ‘hokum’ Blues like ‘Banana in Your Fruit Basket’, ‘Ramrod Daddy’ and ‘Your Biscuits are Big Enough for Me’. Bo was more than a one-trick-pony: with a dextrous and versatile guitar style and a pleasant voice, he cut over 100 solo tracks over a ten year period, and was one of the best-selling Blues artists of the day. His brother Sam Chatmon also had a solo career, but both recorded with The Sheiks too, and the band recorded about 80 tracks before they fell from favour in the mid 30s. One of The Sheiks earliest songs, ‘Sitting on Top of the World’, was a hit for them in 1930 and went on to become a Blues standard.
Bo could play some hard Blues too. This is his song, ‘Old Devil’;