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Ramblin' Thomas & The Dallas Blues Singers 1928 - 1932

Various artists.

Genres: Texas blues, Country blues, Country blues guitar, Bottleneck-slide guitar

Informative booklet notes by Bob Groom.
Detailed discography.

Review by Arwul Arwulf:

Guitarist Willard “Ramblin’” Thomas was born in Logansport, LA in 1902. In 1945, he was struck down by tuberculosis while in Memphis, TN, leaving behind about 18 recordings, 16 of which have been reissued on one disc by Document along with assorted tidbits by four other bluesmen, most of whom recorded in Dallas during the late ’20s.

Whereas Willard’s timing, texture, and technique suggest the influence of Lonnie Johnson and Tampa Red, his work is also stylistically linked with that of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Texas Alexander, Ed Bell, Furry Lewis, Funny Paper Smith, and Little Hat Jones — all substantial Southern blues musicians. Continued...

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