Sonny Terry And His Mouth-Harp
CAT # OBCCD-589-25
1. In The Evening 2:44 2. Move To Kansas City 2:28 3. John Henry 3:11 4. The Fox Chase (A.K.A. Hound Dog Holler) 2:21 5. Louise 3:24 6. Red River 2:26 7. Goodbye Leadbelly 3:02 8. Custard Pie 3:20 9. I Woke Up This Morning And I Could Hardly See 5:40 10. Old Woman Blues 2:44 11. Talkin' About The Blues 3:05 12. Changed The Lock On My Door 3:30 13. Moanin' And Mournin' 3:18 14. Baby, Baby 2:45
Out of print for nearly four decades, this 1953 recording is one of the rarest of all Sonny Terry albums. It's also one of those rare Terry sessions on which he wasn't joined by usual sidekick Brownie McGhee. Supplying subtle yet solid support is Alec Seward, who'd previously recorded as "Guitar Slim" in a duo with a fellow Carolina bluesman "Fat Boy" Hayes, better known as "Jelly Belly." In this program of blues and folk songs, which includes the poignant "Goodbye Leadbelly" and a virtuosic version of Terry's signature "The Fox Chase," the North Carolina bluesman alternates so effortlessly between high-pitched vocal wails and searing harmonica riffs that he often seems to be doing both simultaneously.
with Alec Seward
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