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Album Review

God knows what this is doing in Legacy's Roots N' Blues series; it's a long way from Blind Willie McTell and Bukka White to this. Anyway, this has 20 of his OKeh sides from the late '20s, including a "Lovesick Blues" that served as the model for Hank Williams' hit with the same song in 1949. The Georgia Crackers accompany Miller on every cut, with a cast including Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey (present on every track), Jack Teagarden, and Gene Krupa. More of historical interest and musical significance than anything else, with a thorough sleeve note from country music authority Charles Wolfe.

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This is Awesome

Read "Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock and Roll" by Nick Toches, and you'll get a better idea of Emmett Miller's significance to say the least. He was the 'begining' of so many things it's a gift to have this so available on iTunes so we don't have to dig through vinyl bins.

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in addition to country you should read "where dead voices gather" by nick tosches. it's all about emmett miller and his strange, multifarious contribution to american songcraft. simultaneously it is a book about the deeply buried (hidden) roots of ALL american music. emmett miller's voice is haunting and unique.

More than history

If you like Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzel, Bob Dylan, or even Dwight Yokum…give this is a listen. This is where it all began in American vocal style. It might take a couple listens to really appreciate what you're hearing, but its a lot more than just suffering for historical reasons - there's some real music here. And for cry in' out loud - check out the names in the rthymn section of this recording…so what if the genre labeling isn't perfect - this is timeless.


Born: February 2, 1900 in Macon, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Although his vocal delivery was influential on several major country singers, Emmett Miller was basically a vaudeville singer, with far stronger aural links to Al Jolson than Merle Haggard. A white man performing in blackface, Miller was an exponent of the minstrel school of performance, touring widely with minstrel shows for several decades. The most influential aspect of his recordings were his yodeling trill, and there can be no doubt that it heavily influenced country singers such as Jimmie Rodgers,...
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