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Blind Willie McTell - The Syncopated Country Blues of Blind Willie McTell CD

Blind Willie McTell - The Syncopated Country Blues of Blind Willie McTell CD

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A man once immortalised in song by Bob Dylan, no less ("And I know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell."), BWM was a noted Piedmont blues and ragtime singer and guitarist, who made his first recordings in the late 1920s.

Essentially a rambling, street musician in Georgia and on the streets of Atlanta, McTell played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, although unlike his Piedmont contemporaries, he played twelve-string guitars almost exclusively. He was also an adept slide guitarist, which was unusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from the harsher voices of Delta bluesmen like Charley Patton.

The material on this collection was recorded for Atlantic and Regal, in 1949, although many of these sides would not be released until the late 60s/early 70s Blues revival, some twenty years later.


1. Broke-Down Engine Blues
2. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
3. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
4. Blues Around Midnight
5. Last Dime Blues
6. On The Cooling Board
7. Motherless Children Have a Hard Time
8. Soon This Morning
9. Don't Forget It
10. A to Z Blues
11. Good Little Thing
12. You Can't Get Stuff No More
13. Love Changin' Blues
14. Savannah Mama
15. Talkin' to You Mama
16. East St. Louis
17. Wee Midnight Hours
18. Pal of Mine
19. Honey It Must Be Love
20. Sending Up My Timber (Tk. 2)
21. Lord Have Mercy If You Please
22. It's My Desire
23. Hide Me in Thy Bosom
24. River Jordan
25. How About You
26. Trying To Get Home (Climbing High Mountains)