Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mississippi Fred McDowell

Probably my favorite blues musician. The music just has that feeling that you can't possibly ignore. The man's had style, that's for sure. One of the premier slide guitarists, McDowell was discovered in Como, MS by famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax in 1959. These songs are preserved on the First Recordings. McDowell cut his self-titled album in his home in 1962. This is the album for me. All of the songs begin slow before picking up speed as McDowell gets increasingly into each track. To put it bluntly, it's a joy to listen to. Words do not do it justice. Absolutely mandatory.

The First Recordings (1959)
Mississippi Fred McDowell (1962)

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