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Album Review

Big Bill Broonzy was a much more versatile musician than most people realize. He started out doing country blues, then later he slid into a more uptown urban blues niche, and when the blues and folk boom hit in the late '50s and early '60s, he went down-home country blues again. But in between, Broonzy was actually one of the earliest purveyors of the hard Chicago blues style, which is the window this 27-track set looks through, and it will be a revelation for those who only know Broonzy in his later incarnations.

Biography

Born: 26 June 1893 in Scott, MS

Genre: Blues

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

Big Bill Broonzy was born William Lee Conley Broonzy in the tiny town of Scott, Mississippi, just across the river from Arkansas. During his childhood, Broonzy's family — itinerant sharecroppers and the descendants of ex-slaves — moved to Pine Bluff to work the fields there. Broonzy learned to play a cigar box fiddle from his uncle, and as a teenager, he played violin in local churches, at community dances, and in a country string band. During World War I, Broonzy enlisted in the U.S....
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