Fat Possum's Blues Treasure Trove
October 3, 2017 10:20 PM   Subscribe

A collection of rediscovered blues musicians. Some are still well known, some hadn't recorded in decades, but now they're available again.
posted by MovableBookLady (6 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
The remaster makes you feel there in the room. Excited to listen through the rest of this sampler.

as a naive lifelong Californian I assumed something named Garden & Gun must have been founded decades ago, but no its first issue was 10 years ago.
posted by JauntyFedora at 12:42 AM on October 4

> Seems odd, though, to see John Fahey described as a "folklorist".

It's not inappropriate for that phase of Fahey's career, because he was effectively working as a musicologist at the time, tracking down old bluesmen shortly after completing a MFA in folklore and before his own recordings were popular enough to let him be a full-time professional musician.
posted by ardgedee at 10:16 AM on October 4 [1 favorite]

I am absolutely amazed at the Honeyboy Edwards' guitar work. That is truly an original style. Thanks for posting and making my afternoon.
posted by Benway at 11:16 AM on October 4 [1 favorite]

Oh man, I need these. Bukka White is my all-time favourite blues guitarist, and it's hard to go wrong with Furry Lewis. I feel like every modern blues fan is going to be familiar w/ Burnside's work since he achieved crossover success in the late '90s (his grandson Cedric is pretty good, too.. I saw him perform last summer) and Skip James might be the most essential artist of the whole genre. This is super exciting.
posted by Fish Sauce at 11:49 AM on October 4 [1 favorite]

Thanks for the great post. Old time blues - the real deal - is just perfect for this week.

Well, every week really.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:12 PM on October 4

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