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Founder of the Delta Blues

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Album Review

A cornerstone of any blues collection, Charley Patton is where it starts. As compilations go, Founder of the Delta Blues originally started life as a double-record set featuring all of Patton's best-known titles, and soundwise was miles above all previous versions. Its compact disc incarnation here trims the tune list to 24 tracks, but includes all the seminal tracks: "Pony Blues," "High Water Everywhere," "Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues," "A Spoonful Blues," "Shake It and Break It," and the wistful "Poor Me," which was recorded at his final session in 1934, a scant two months before he died.

Biography

Born: 1891 in Bolton, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s

If the Delta country blues has a convenient source point, it would probably be Charley Patton, its first great star. His hoarse, impassioned singing style, fluid guitar playing, and unrelenting beat made him the original king of the Delta blues. Much more than your average itinerant musician, Patton was an acknowledged celebrity and a seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta. Rather than bumming his way from town to town, Patton would be called up to play at plantation dances, juke joints,...
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