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Album Review

This 1969 recording captures a relaxed blues session of Furry Lewis, Bukka White, and Gus Cannon that is full of warmth and gentle humor. These unwound acoustic tunes are sung and played neither for dancing to nor for damning you, but instead capture a mood akin to early-evening song swapping among these old-time gentlemen of country/folk blues. The elder of the group, Cannon (of Cannon's Jug Stompers), sings two tunes here — "Lela," and "Goin' Back (to Memphis, TN)" — while his uniquely tuned banjo accompanies him on a few more. White's playing is Mississippi Delta slide all over his National guitar, and his voice is a gruff box that straightens just a little for the kind teasing in "Give Me an Old Lady." The majority of the tracks come from Lewis, whose fuzz-edged voice delivers in a close, familiar manner that comes off as an unassuming performance for a couple of friends. On the Road Again is an endearing bit of kicking-back by some seminal bluesmen.

Customer Reviews

Awesome album, artists labeled incorrectly on the tracks though!!!

If you love acoustic delta blues, this is a really cool record. Itunes has the artists incorrectly labeled. Several of the tracks are listed as Furry Lewis, when in fact, the actual musician is Bukka White or Gus Cannon. Somebody should correct this mistake. Anyway...this is one of my favorite 1960's recordings of the "rediscovered" original blues artists. There's something relaxed and carefree about this particular recording. It seems as though the artists weren't even aware that they were being recorded. They joke around and basically swap songs with one another. Check it out, it's a gem.


Born: March 6, 1893 in Greenwood, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Furry Lewis was the only blues singer of the 1920s to achieve major media attention in the '60s and '70s. One of the most recorded Memphis-based guitarists of the late '20s, Lewis' subsequent fame 40 years later was based largely on the strength of those early sides. One of the very best blues storytellers, and an extremely nimble-fingered guitarist into his seventies, he was equally adept at blues and ragtime, and made the most out of an understated, rather than an overtly flamboyant style. Walter...
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