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Blind Willie McTell, the essential DOUBLE CD

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Blind Willie McTell

01 - Three women blues
02 - Boll weevil
03 - Don`t forget it (with Curley Weaver)
04 - My baby`s gone
05 - Atlanta strutt
06 - I got to cross de River o` Jordan
07 - Teasing brown (with Alfoncy Harris & Bethenea Harris)
08 - Stomp down rider
09 - Stole rider blues
10 - Chainey
11 - Mama, `tain`t long fo` day
12 - Painful blues (with Ruth Willis)
13 - B and O blues no. 2
14 - Amazing grace
15 - Honey it must be love (with Curley Weaver)
16 - Statesboro blues
17 - God don`t like it (with Kate McTell)
18 - Murderer`s home blues
19 - Mr McTell got the blues
20 - Hide me in thy bosom
21 - Broke down engine blues
22 - Good little thing (with Curley Weaver)
23 - It`s your time to worry (with Curley Weaver)
24 - Dying crapshooter`s blues
25 - Low rider`s blues (with Curley Weaver)
26 - This is not the stove to brown your bread (with Alfoncy Harris and Bethenea Harris)
27 - Dark night blues
28 - I got religion, I`m so glad (with Kate McTell)
29 - Georgia rag
30 - You was born to die (with Curley Weaver)
31 - Don`t let nobody turn you around (with Kate McTell)
32 - Delia
33 - Talkin` to you mama (with Curley Weaver)
34 - East St. Louis blues (fare you well) (with Curley Weaver)
35 - Drive away blues

Blind Willie McTell was a Country Bluesman and started his recording career in 1927 for Victor records. Perhaps his most famous recording session was in an Atlanta hotel room for John Lomax who was making field recordings for the Library of Congress. This double CD compilation introduces Willie's unique style. His repertoire consisted of blistering ragtime guitar, lowdown blues, religious pieces and ballads. William Samuel McTell was born near Thomson, Georgia in May 1901, to guitar playing parents. No one is sure whether he was blind at birth or lost his sight as a child. His mother gave him his first guitar lesson and over the years he learned to play both six and twelve string guitars, as well as the harmonica, banjo, violin, accordion and kazoo. In his early teens he left home to follow medicine and minstrel shows. Willie went on to attend schools for the blind firstly in Macon and then New York before returning to Georgia and starting his recording career. Willie was not a huge commercial success at the time but appreciation has grown for his music over the years. An annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival is now held in Thomson, Georgia to honour this great bluesman, for further details . Includes informative booklet notes by Gary Atkinson.
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