Stavin' Chain Blues
Big Joe Williams & J.D. Short
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These pristine recordings from the ’50s capture Big Joe Williams teaming up with cousin J.D. Short. Both country bluesmen have idiosyncratic styles, yet they complement each other perfectly. Rattling like a broken-down car, Williams and his homemade nine-string care little for maintaining tempo or a consistent rhythm, but Short’s mouth-harp serves as a gracefully puttering counterweight. Williams handles the bulk of the vocals, including an enthralling “You’re Gonna Need King Jesus”, wherein blues and gospel intersect.
Born: 16 October 1903 in Crawford, MS
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s