Could Friday come any faster? This was $3 and purchased to get more blues on this blog. On a personal note, my phone was dying a slow death so I got a new I-Phone 7s. Look at this phone. This thing is huge. Seriously, why so big, Apple?
Sonny Terry (1911-1986, bn Greensboro, Georgia) and Brownie McGhee (1915-1996, Knoxville, Tenn) were two prominent blues artists who frequently performed together. Both men had to overcome obstacles in their lives. Terry, who played harmonica, was blinded in two separate childhood incidents, where as the guitarist McGhee, lost a leg to polio at age 4. Both men had become musicians when they met in 1939.
The duo came together in New York City in 1942. Terry had been playing with Blind Boy Fuller whereas McGhee was greatly influenced by Fuller’s guitar. Anyway, the duo was a success both on the folk circuit (which included such luminaries as Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger) as well as blues circles. Both artists also performed as a jump blues combo on the side. Perhaps most casual listeners will connect the duo to their work on Steve Martin’s The Jerk.
Anyway, this album, released on the Bluesway subsidiary of ABC Records in 1973, features the duo along with guitarist Earl Hooker. Recorded from sessions back in 1969, Hooker had passed by the time of this release. Hooker was an early proponent of the electric guitar in blues. Johnny Lee was also his cousin.
Anyway, 10 songs on this album, all written by either McGhee or Terry. All pretty good. Overall, this is a good album. The album also features keyboard work from Ray Johnson, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Panama Francis on drums.
For sample, I could have gone in multiple directions, I think I picked about 6 songs for potential samples. Well, after some whittling, I went with “Poor Man’s Blues” and “When I Was Drinkin”.
Good little record. Satisfactory.