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Country Blues, the essential DOUBLE CD
Drawing from the Document Catalogue, this double CD set represents some of the many wonderful Country Blues recordings, in particular with the accompaniment of guitars and harmonicas, which came from the halcyon days when Country Blues musicians could be heard playing on the streets, at parties, dances and in juke joints, or on the porches of sharecropper's shacks.

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Furry Lewis 1927 - 1929

Furry Lewis; vocal, guitar, bottleneck-slide guitar.
Genres: Memphis blues, Country blues.
Informative booklet notes by Chris Smith.
Detailed discography.
Walter "Furry" Lewis was born in 1893 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and moved to Memphis around 1900. Taking up music at an early age, he played in the streets and bars, and at social functions. In April, 1927 he got his first opportunity to record. On the first three titles, the simple rhythm guitar is played by Landers Waller, with Charles Johnson supplying the pleasant, old-fashioned mandolin. It sounds as though Lewis accompanies himself on Rock Island Blues and Jelly Roll where the playing is more complex, and more integrated with the vocals. Whoever the instrumentalists were, Furry's high voice, with its strong vibrato, was unmistakable from the first. Continued...

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