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The best place to start with McTell

There are earlier compilations of his work around, but to me this is the most accessible. Recorded late in his life, he masters the twelve string like no other, and the recording quality here is great. His command of the slide and vocal on "River Jordan" and "Aint it Grand" is remarkable, and there's more soul in this version of "Motherless children" than Clapton's. My favorite tune: "Little Delia". Anyone who appreciates roots music should listen to this. Incredibly, he would die a year after this was recorded, of throat cancer.


Born: May 5, 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 may not...
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