15 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Piedmont blues of Georgia and the Carolinas is stylish and refined, and no musician embodied these qualities better than Blind Willie McTell. Featuring sides from the late ’40s, this collection documents a well-seasoned bluesman whose ragtime-flavored 12-string sounds nothing short of sublime; just absorb the lyrical, percussive qualities of "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie." Themes of sin and redemption make his songs even more gripping: The one-two punch of “You Got to Die” and “Ain’t It Grand to Live a Christian Life” sums up McTell’s worldview.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Piedmont blues of Georgia and the Carolinas is stylish and refined, and no musician embodied these qualities better than Blind Willie McTell. Featuring sides from the late ’40s, this collection documents a well-seasoned bluesman whose ragtime-flavored 12-string sounds nothing short of sublime; just absorb the lyrical, percussive qualities of "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie." Themes of sin and redemption make his songs even more gripping: The one-two punch of “You Got to Die” and “Ain’t It Grand to Live a Christian Life” sums up McTell’s worldview.

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