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Thursday, April 13, 2006

I wish I could play like.....

It was Bob Dylan who wrote / sang "I Wish I could play like Blind Willie Mctell". Well, if you never heard Eddie McTier (as his real name happened to be) here is your change to find out why Bob wrote this. Blind Willie McTell was indeed blind. He was probably born in 1898 (different sources have different dates) in Georgia. Although blind from his birth he was a very independent man. There are plenty stories of him guiding people through big cities on the East coast. And he knew the East coast like the back of his hand! All his life he has been traveling and playing in the streets of every city between New York and Atlanta. Eddie played both the 6-string and the 12-string guitar. He died in August 1959 very much still the street musician he had been al of his live.
This 2 disc album is one from the famous Columbia 'Roots n' Blues' series and is accompanied by a nice booklet with good liner notes and beautiful pictures. The casing says that this collection features McTell's complete recordings. This however is not true. First of all, there is the problem that Eddie recorded under at least 7 different names (that we know of). Secondly he was pretty successful with accompanying other artists. These two ingredients make it impossible to collect all his recordings (same goes for somebody like John Lee Hooker). And the proof is there! The Allman Brothers band have been playing Statesboro Blues ever since the early 70's. Yes, that's a Blind Willie Mctell composition. And it is not on this album!

Anyway, sit back and find out why Bob Dylan is still practicing.

The password = "scrooge".
Please delete these files within 24 hours. If you like this music buy the album and support the industry


  • Ik dank u!!! ...Geweldig die lessen in blues!

    By Blogger mr.A, at 6:41 pm  

  • Wonderful! And a big thank you for your nice blog.

    By Blogger Zero G Sound, at 9:52 pm  

  • Sorry, but can't open it. Is it well compressed? Thank you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:55 pm  

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