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Founder of the Delta Blues

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Between 1929 and 1934, Charley Patton pretty much created the Delta blues, and on this comprehensive collection you can hear it happen. Patton's raw, stark sound could be feral and feverish, as on the driving "Mississippi Boweavil Blues" and the furious, stomping "High Water Everywhere (Pts. 1 & 2)," or lonesome and haunted, like on the strangely scary "Rattlesnake Blues." But whatever mood he was in from moment to moment, this album makes it clear that Patton was one of the most potent voices in blues history.


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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