Crap Shootin’ Sinner

'Cile Turner - Crap Shootin' Sinner

'Cile Turner - Crap Shootin' Sinner

Crap Shootin’ Sinner is a gospel-style ditty about a gambler trying to get into heaven. So far so normal. It’s sung by ‘Cile Turner, who was born Lucile Turner in Virginia in 1895. Apart from today selection being an entertaining tune, what’s interesting is that Turner was a white woman who from a young age embraced African-American folk songs and spirituals. This was an against the grain cultural choice that, at the time, would have challenged many in the deep South on both racial and gender grounds. Turner performed all over the US in the 1920s, 30s and 40s and made her first recording in ’47. Crap Shootin' Sinner was recorded and released in ‘59. It’s included on ‘T-Bird Party! - A Swangin' Slew Of Greasy R&B’, a great compilation CD called that I have in a box somewhere in Melbourne. On this website, you can read a bit more about ‘Cile Turner, sample some of her recordings and buy a double CD that has all of her commercial recordings on it.

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