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The Syncopated Country Blues of Blind Willie McTell

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


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