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The Ultimate Collection

Blind Willie McTell

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Album Review

Blind Willie McTell is unique among country bluesmen in that he had a 30-year recording career while remaining essentially an itinerant musician, and during his lifetime he was a familiar sight on the streets of Atlanta and other Southern cities as he performed his varied repertoire of blues, rags, and vaudeville pieces on his 12-string guitar. This two-disc set collects McTell's key songs (whether McTell actually wrote a lot of these songs, or merely adapted them, is unclear, but there is a sharp writer's eye at work in all of them), including the classics "Statesboro Blues," "Atlanta Strut," "Southern Can Is Mine," "Broke Down Engine Blues," and "Dying Crapshooter's Blues," a thoroughly modern composition in a cut-and-paste narrative style that suggests McTell did have a hand in writing these things.

Biography

Born: 05 May 1901 in Thomson, GA

Genre: Blues

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

Willie Samuel McTell was one of the blues' greatest guitarists, and also one of the finest singers ever to work in blues. A major figure with a local following in Atlanta from the 1920s onward, he recorded dozens of sides throughout the '30s under a multitude of names — all the better to juggle "exclusive" relationships with many different record labels at once — including Blind Willie, Blind Sammie, Hot Shot Willie, and Georgia Bill, as a backup musician to Ruth Mary Willis. And those...
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