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Editors’ Notes

The story behind these sessions is typical for bluesmen of Mississippi John Hurt's generation. Hurt made some milestone recordings in the late '20s and then disappeared. He was tracked down by a young blues hound in the early '60s, at the height of the folk/blues boom. In 1964, Hurt ran through his influential repertoire for a series of recordings by the Library of Congress. This first installment of the series is thick with Hurt classics ("Avalon Blues," "Candy Man," "Stackolee"), as well as winningly quirky obscurities like "Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me." Age had altered neither Hurt's gentle, genial vocal style nor his nimble country blues fingerpicking.

Customer Reviews


terriffic. not much more you can say. if you're into country blues, this is amazing. the sound quality is superb, and i dig the soft voice he brings along. very different from alot of his gruff sounding contemporaries.

Absolute must-own classic

I just picked up the CD version of this...I can only say that I am blown away at first listen. A warm, grandfatherly voice, sad songs, sunny, lush guitar picking...this is what classically /good/ music is all about.


Just amazing the feel his music has...soft and deep


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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