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Wednesday, Oct 25 2017 | 20:23
Image: 1616308 Like so many other Delta blues musicians of the
1930s and 40s, rock music owes a debt of
gratitude to the works of Blind Willie McTell.
Considered one of the finest guitarists and
vocalists of the era, noteworthy for his then
unheard of usage of a 12-string guitar, artists and
bands from The Allman Brothers to The White
Stripes to Taj Mahal have listed the blind bluesman
as a key influence. From the start of his career in
1927, McTell cut numerous singles for
Victor Records, and maintained a noteworthy level
of popularity in his home of Atlanta, but like many
of his contemporaries, his career skidded to a halt
during World War II. McTell left music during the
1950s and later passed of a brain
hemmorage in 1959.
A decade before Blind Willie's passing, a brief
resurgence of interest in country blues led him to
Atlantic Records to cut a 15-song session of
tracks, of which only two were released as a
single, to little commercial success. These tracks
would later be reissued in 1972 as Atlanta Twelve
String, which vividly captured the veteran
bluesman at his finest. McTell is equal parts
somber, reflective, melancholy, raucous, and
freewheeling on tracks such as "Kill It Kid", "Dying
Crapshooter's Blues", "I Got To Cross The River
Jordan", and "Broke Down Engine", which would
notably be covered by Bob Dylan.

A1. Kill It Kid
A2. The Razor Ball
A3. Little Delia
A4. Broke Down Engine Blues
A5. Dying Crapshooter's Blues
A6. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
A7. Blues Around Midnight
A8. Last Dime Blues
B1. On The Cooling Board
B2. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time
B3. I Got To Cross The River Jordan
B4. You Got To Die
B5. Ain't It Grand To Live A Christian
B6. Pearly Gates
B7. Soon This Morning Available from 17.11.2017
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