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Avalon Blues 1963

Mississippi John Hurt

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Hurt was an openhearted, elfin charmer with a highly original style developed in his native Avalon, Mississippi, away from the Delta plantations where most other bluesmen held sway. He was also one of the earliest and most influential figures in the '60s blues revival. Hurt returned to the studio after a 35-year absence to make this album, revisiting material from his original 1928 Okeh recordings. On classics like his "Candy Man," "Louis Collins," and "Avalon Blues," his masterful picking and relaxed singing are intact save for a little weathering of his vocal cords. What's striking is the warmth gentility of his performances, which made him a favorite of folk audiences. Even today many folksingers echo his tumbling six-string technique, although none have equaled his unique rustic conviviality. Hurt's late-career second wind was brief. He died just three years after recording this album.

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A True Story Teller

Mississippi John Hurt tells you a story. He takes you there through syncopated sounds between singing and picking. Magically woven into our ears, he transforms every listener to a different place and a better time. These long forgotten moments now remembered for just a few minutes before we have to come back to the today. John moved on, but we can still sit and listen, tapping our feet to the rhythm of an indelible sound of time immemorial full of love and life.

A Great Man

Mississippi John Hurt is without a doubt one of the finest bluesmen to have ever played, every song is rich in character and sound, if you like the blues, the original blues, buy this album.


Born: July 3, 1893 in Teoc, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '60s

No blues singer ever presented a more gentle, genial image than Mississippi John Hurt. A guitarist with an extraordinarily lyrical and refined fingerpicking style, he also sang with a warmth unique in the field of blues, and the gospel influence in his music gave it a depth and reflective quality unusual in the field. Coupled with the sheer gratitude and amazement that he felt over having found a mass audience so late in life, and playing concerts in front of thousands of people — for fees...
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