Sunday, January 06, 2008

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Heroes of the Blues

I have another MFM collection that has never really hit with me (though I will have to go back and check it out again now) but this collection is truly fantastic!

A farmer who didn't make a career out of his music until he was in his 60's (in the 1960s), he was discovered by Alan Lomax in 1959 and recorded throughout the next decade.

These songs sound like they easily could have been done in the 30's and have a real "down-home" sound to them, not unlike greats such as Charley Patton, Son House or Robert Johnson.

His acoustic slide playing, while not overly complicated, has a terrific tone and feel and is a perfect compliment to his voice. The tunes sound almost religious at times and you can imagine him getting lost in the sounds and bringing the audience along with him!

Probably the best known song on here is "You Gotta Move", which the Stones covered almost to a "t" on "Sticky Fingers". The rest though, are equally terrific and this collection - and from what I've heard, this entire series - is well worth it for lovers of blues.