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Tampa Red Vol. 1 (1928-1929)

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Album Review

Tampa Red sang and played the guitar and kazoo with a joy and flair that made almost every tune he did instantly unforgettable. His early work has been reissued and repackaged so often that it's easy to get caught in the mire. These are marvelous cuts, matching him with various accompanists, including Georgia Tom (later Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey), and offering the best in double-entendre, rags, topical and novelty material.

Biography

Born: 08 January 1904 in Smithville, GA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Out of the dozens of fine slide guitarists who recorded blues, only a handful — Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson, for example — left a clear imprint on tradition by creating a recognizable and widely imitated instrumental style. Tampa Red was another influential musical model. During his heyday in the '20s and '30s, he was billed as "The Guitar Wizard," and his stunning slide work on electric or National steel guitar shows why he earned the title. His 30-year recording career...
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