McDowell, Fred
Alan Lomax Recordings

McDowell, Fred

Alan Lomax Recordings
Sealed 2011 Original Released In Conjunction With The Alan Lomax Archive. “Of The Many Important Recordings Alan Lomax Made In His Trips Through The American South In 1959, Perhaps None Of The Artists He Documented Were As Destined To Make As Much Of An Impact On The World Of Popular Music As Mississippi Fred Mcdowell. It Remains Astounding That A Rural Blues Performer Of Such Talent, Already In His Mid-Fifties When Lomax Came Across Him, Had Not Previously Recorded Before These Performances Were Taped In September 1959. Country-Blues Was Seldom Recorded During The Postwar Years Prior To The Folk Revival, However, And Mcdowell Made The Most Of His Opportunity To Get Documented On These 12 Songs (One Of Which Is A Half-Minute Instrumental). This Is Excellent Country-Blues Not Much Modernized From The Delta Greats Of The '20s And '30s, Featuring Mcdowell's Magnificently Versatile Guitar, Which Was Adept At Both Keeping A Driving Rhythm And Crafting Keening Slide Lines. His Vocals Are Rich And Assured, And The Cuts Benefit From Some Sparse But Creatively Eerie Accompaniment On Comb By Fanny Davis On A Few Cuts, As Well As Second Guitar By Miles Pratcher On Some Tracks.” – Richie Unterberger, AMG
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