Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blind Willie McTell....Atlanta Strut

Blind Willie McTell (born William Samuel McTier May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959, Thomson, Georgia), was a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist. He played with a fluid, syncopated finger style guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues, although, unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitarist, unusual among ragtime blues men. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenor, differed greatly from many of the harsher voice types employed by Delta blues men, such as Charley Patton. McTell embodied a variety of musical styles, including blues, ragtime, religious music and hokum.

McTell's influence extended over a wide variety of artists, including The Allman Brothers Band, who famously covered McTell's "Statesboro Blues", and Bob Dylan, who paid tribute to McTell in his 1983 song "Blind Willie McTell"; the refrain of which is, "And I know no one can sing the blues, like Blind Willie McTell". Other artists influenced by McTell include Taj Mahal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ralph McTell, Chris Smither and The White Stripes.

1. Love Changing Blues
2. Three Women Blues
3. Searching the Desert for the Blues
4. Broke Down Engine Blues
5. Travelin' Blues
6. Georgia Rag
7. Southern Can Is Mine
8. Statesboro Blues
9. Death Cell Blues
10. Drive Away Blues
11. B&O Blues No. 1
12. Mama 'T Ain't Long Fo' Day
13. Atlanta Strut
14. God Don't Like It
15. Scarey Day Blues
16. Lord, Send Me an Angel
17. Stomp Down Rider
18. Razor Ball
19. Writin' Paper Blues
20. I Got a Religion and I'm So Glad

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