20 legendary recording including the original "Statesbro Blues".
Personnel: Blind Willie McTell (vocals, guitar); Kate McTell (vocals); Curley Weaver (guitar).
Recording information: 1927 - 1935.
William Samuel McTell, better known as Blind Willie McTell (May 5, 1898 (sometimes reported as 1901 or 1903) – August 19, 1959), was an influential American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a twelve-string finger picking Piedmont blues guitarist, and recorded 149 songs between 1927 and 1956.
Born William Samuel McTier (or McTear) in Thomson, Georgia, blind in one eye, McTell had lost his remaining vision by late childhood, but became an adept reader of Braille. He showed proficiency in music from an early age and learned to play the six-string guitar as soon as he could. His father left the family when McTell was still young, so when his mother died in the 1920s, he left his hometown and became a wandering busker. He began his recording career in 1927 for Victor Records in Atlanta. .
In the years before World War II, he travelled and performed widely, recording for a number of labels under a different name for each one, including Blind Willie McTell (Victor and Decca), Blind Sammie (Columbia), Georgia Bill (Okeh), Hot Shot Willie (Victor), Blind Willie (Vocalion), Red Hot Willie Glaze (Bluebird), Barrelhouse Sammie (Atlantic) and Pig & Whistle Red (Regal). His style was singular: a form of country blues, bridging the gap between the raw blues of the early part of the 20th Century and the more refined East Coast "Piedmont" sound. He took on the less common and more unwieldy 12-string guitar because of its volume. The style is well documented on John Lomax's 1940 recordings of McTell for the Library of Congress, for which McTell earned ten dollars
1.Love Changing Blues
2.Three Women Blues
3.Searching the Desert For the Blues
4.Broke Down Engine Blues
7.Southern Can Is Mine
9.Death Cell Blues
10.Drive Away Blues
11.B & O Blues No. 2
12.Mama 'Taint Long Fo' Day
14.God Don't Like It
15.Scarey Day Blues
16.Lord, Send Me an Angel
17.Stomp Down Rider
19.Writin' Paper Blues
20.I Got Religion and I'm So Glad