There's been Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, there's been Bukka White, Sleepy John Estes, Skip James, etc. They became legendary in their lifetime or the White counterculture saved them in extremis from oblivion in the '60s, but...
Second volume of three dedicated to the blues from the twenties, compiled and edited by Guy Marc Hinant.
The musicians I would like to highlight here, as I similarly did with Run into me but don't hurt me, our publication (CD and LP) on women's blues, are the ones that didn't become major figures, either constructed by Myth or defined by History. These musicians didn't meet their destiny at a crossroad; no folk or blues label rediscovered them. They never got a second chance. They had to accept lowly jobs unrelated to their art. They survived. Most of them came from Mississippi, Memphis, St. Louis. They were all highly unique, and they recorded at a young age - a very young age in some cases - in the '20s. They would walk into a hotel, guitar in hand, for a recording session or two. For some, we don't even know their names, since they cut a few 78rpm sides and left for who knows where. Their traces get lost in the Great Depression. May their voices resound once more and keep the flame of our belief burning a little more, our belief in the beauty of the struggle and the complaint.
A must-have compilation for anyone even remotely interested in the blues, this collection of rare, largely unheard music from the pre-war South is a real reminder of the true spirit and meaning of this old and mythic form of American folk. Guy Mark Hinant of Sub Rosa has done a wonderful job of collecting, researching, and reporting on these tracks, all of which were recorded at 78 rpms and originally released at the time of their creations on scattered labels. Many of these records have floated out into the realm of obsc....... więcej