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Album Review

One of Big Joe Williams's better releases, Blues on Highway 49 is a tense, gritty set of roadhouse blues. Williams's stinging playing and singing brings out the best in such songs as "Tiajuna Blues" and "45 Blues" — he shows exactly how Delta blues could be updated.

Biography

Born: 16 October 1903 in Crawford, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Big Joe Williams may have been the most cantankerous human being who ever walked the earth with guitar in hand. At the same time, he was an incredible blues musician: a gifted songwriter, a powerhouse vocalist, and an exceptionally idiosyncratic guitarist. Despite his deserved reputation as a fighter (documented in Michael Bloomfield's bizarre booklet Me and Big Joe), artists who knew him well treated him as a respected elder statesman. Even so,...
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