CAT # OBCCD-553-25
1. Free Again 5:03 2. Almost Dead Blues 4:03 3. Rolling Stone 4:51 4. Two Wings 4:51 5. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere 5:17 6. Thumbing A Ride 4:37 7. I've Grown So Ugly 2:49 8. Death Blues 5:14 9. Hobo Worried Blues 4:11 10. Hay Cutting Song 4:16
Like Leadbelly had 25 years earlier, singer-guitarist Robert Pete Williams (1914-1980) won his release from Louisiana's infamous Angola Prison after being discovered and recorded there by a folklorist. This 1960 album, cut two years later while he was on parole, captures the stark essence of this quintessential country bluesman's wholly original, intensely personal music. Canned Heat's Alan Wilson once observed that Williams "fulfills a unique condition in blues, one which other [blues singers] merely hint at: a musical style in which improvisation plays nearly as important a role as pre-determined factors."
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