Kokomo Arnold - Old Original Kokomo Blues
In this compilation we also get his first recordings - a couple of tunes he did as Gitfiddle Jim, which showed his proficiency at acoustic slide guitar years before his more famous sessions. Besides his exceptional guitar work, he has some fine lyrics and melodies, strung together in his own unique and interesting ways. His work was influenced by his friend Tommy Johnson and he, in turn, impacted Robert Johnson.
The songs are all strong, as are his performances, making me wonder why this man isn't more well known. Possibly due to the fact that he did not go out of his way to promote himself and seemed just as content to work as a janitor than to play shows. Regardless, any fan of acoustic blues should hear this!