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Texas guitarist T-Bone Walker's best work was done for Imperial Records in the early '50s, but as this disc of his earliest sides shows, the evolution of his elegant guitar style and urbane vocal skills is a fascinating one. Opening with his first recorded pieces, "Wichita Falls Blues" and "Trinity River Blues," released in 1929 on Columbia, and moving chronologically through his recordings for Capitol Records and his yearlong stay with Black & White Records in 1946, this collection show the jazzy, jump blues roots of a guitar legend. Novice listeners should check out his Imperial years first, but this anthology makes a nice second purchase.


Born: 28 May 1910 in Linden, TX

Genre: Blues

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

Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today. Few major postwar blues guitarists come to mind that don't owe T-Bone Walker an unpayable debt of gratitude. B.B. King has long cited him as a primary influence, marveling at Walker's penchant for holding the body of his guitar outward while he played...
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