Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues The Early Years 1927 ~ 1935 – Full Album
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– This Download Album includes illustrated booklet notes & detailed discography.
Triple CD x 74 Tracks . Completely Updated and Remastered.
Includes informative, illustrated booklet by David Evans the well-known musicologist specializing in country blues and related genres of African American Southern music director of the Ethnomusicology/Regional Studies doctoral program of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Detailed discography
Currently Available as FLAC or MP3 (Download only) Complete with liner notes. Coming soon on Vinyl.
If Robert Johnson was the king of the Mississippi blues and Blind Lemon Jefferson was the king of the Texas blues then the Royal Crown of the Georgia blues must go to Blind Willie McTell. In addition, he was also a king of the twelve string guitar on which he played some of the deepest “country blues”, intricate “ragtime” and some of the finest “bottleneck slide guitar” to have been recorded.
This three CD set covers the early years of this unique and extraordinary blues musician who, though revered by many including, Taj Mahal, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and Jack White, all of who have covered his songs, has never been imitated. There is now a thriving annual blues festival dedicated to the memory of Blind Willie Mctell which take place in his home town of Thomson, Georgia.
This set demonstrates the wide breadth of Blind McTell’s repertoire with some of the best blues on record, including the remarkable Mama, Tain’t Long Fo’ Day, the celebrated Statesboro Blues, the low down Broke Down Engine and the enchanting Travelin’ Blues. There are enthralling ragtime numbers including; Georgia Rag, Southern Can Is Mine and Atlanta Strut. McTell was equally at home playing religious pieces, similar to the guitar evangelists of the time including his good friend the great Blind Willie Johnson. We Got To Meet Death One Day, I Got Religion, I’m So Glad and God Don’t Like It are just a few which demonstrate that McTell was a fine all-rounder.
Joining him on some of the tracks are Ruby Glaze, his wife Kate, his close companion Curly Weaver and others. The set replaces the three separate volumes of Blind Willie McTell’s work in the Document catalogue; DOCD-5006, DOCD-5007 and DOCD-5008. It has additional tracks which first saw their re-issues scattered in Document’s “Too Late” series.
Also available in the Series
BDCD-6001 Blind Willie McTell – 1940 Library of Congress Recordings
BDCD-6014 Blind Willie McTell & Curley Weaver . “Don’t Forget It “ The Post-War Years 1949-1950