Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Various - Deep South Blues

Those who believe that the newer, cruder recording of Mississippi bluesmen playing distorted electric guitars is some newly recorded phenomenon should grab this collection and get straight. In it, they'll find 15 superb homemade performances, all of them put down for posterity in the early '80s, proof that the scene was being documented early and excellently. Kicking off with two dynamite sides from Junior Kimbrough, the set moves on with riveting performances from Jessie Mae Hemphill, R.L. Burnside and the Sound Machine, Hezekiah and the Houserockers, Raymond Hill, Hammie Nixon, Waynell Jones, and Ranie Burnette. This is riveting stuff -- not for the casual blues fan.
(Cub Koda -Allmusic)
Thanks got to Marc(fr) for the rip and passing on 2 more tracks from Uncle Ben.



Anonymous said...

Could You please re up ?

Gerard Herzhaft said...

Of course, this music existed during the 1970's and 80's but nobody in the USA wanted to record it. David Evans was then alone fighting for it, recording those musicians, rehearsing them, buying them guitar strings... He launched the Memphis University's High Water records because he was almost the only one in the USA to have faith on those artists and in their music. He gave me tapes he made by R.L. and Jessie Mae and others while I was visiting Memphis and the Delta for to see if it was possible for me to find a label interested in those artists. This is how the French Vogue label first of all issued the first entire LP's by R.L. Burnside and Jessie Mae Hemphill. The critics were then far from enthusiastic and the sales were poor but anyway it gave the opportunity to those blues artists to come in Europe and play in festivals and such. And record again and finally be a little bit recognized in their own country.

Xyros said...

Many thanks Gerard for telling us about how the first European releases came about.
I remember seeing Jessie Mae sometime in the mid/late 70's at De Bajes in Amstelveen. She blew me and the rest of the audience away with her playing but especially when she did a couple of numbers with drum and fife. If you listen to drum and fife closely and get pulled in it's mesmerizing.

Juanjo said...

This album is just...FANTASTIC.Gracias!