Country Blues Essentials

by Mark Moody
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The often overlooked era of early acoustic blues (coined Country Blues) holds many treasures and different playing styles. From Charlie Patton's Mississippi Delta to the Memphis jug bands to urban Texas legends, there is plenty to explore here. The quality of the musicianship is mind-blowing for the 1920s era and has been a key influence on many over the years. The pioneering record label Yazoo Records from the 1960s covered many of these artists and had cover art from R. Crumb to boot. Not all of these have the same cover art, but here are most of the artists that mattered. Not in any particular order, but I admit a soft spot for my home state Texas legends and Furry Lewis who had a renaissance in the 1960s. And for those that have only heard of Robert Johnson he's truly just scratching the surface (IMHO). Click an album below to read a review

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That’s a wonderful selection Mark

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Great list. Big fan of a lot of these guys but def some names to explore!

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Thanks guys. All these artists should be national heroes, but sadly go mostly unknown.

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Great list and something I'm happy to see Soundblab embrace. For whatever it's worth, I'd add Son House, Leadbelly, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and the infamous Willie Brown (although recordings of his are...

Great list and something I'm happy to see Soundblab embrace. For whatever it's worth, I'd add Son House, Leadbelly, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and the infamous Willie Brown (although recordings of his are extremely hard to find) to the list, as well. Without the folks on your list, there'd be no rock and roll. Good stuff, Mark!

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