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Classic Delta and Deep South Blues

Smithsonian Folkways


Released: 2nd Mar 2018


This collection celebrates the diversity and dissemination of the blues’ most powerful and influential voices.

Mississippi, particularly the Delta, lays claim to being the land where the blues began. Forged in the crucible of poverty and racial oppression, blues flourished there as nowhere else, evolving into what most critics consider the deepest or most intense strain of the blues tradition. During the Great Migration, music changed consistently, adapting to its new surroundings like St. Louis and Chicago, while retaining its connection to its down home Delta roots. 67 minutes, 40-page booklet with extensive notes and photos.

Classic Delta and Deep South Blues


  1. C.C. Rider-Big Bill Broonzy
  2. Woman in Elaine, Arkansas-Roosevelt Sykes
  3. Death Letter Blues-Son House
  4. Your Crying Won’t Make Me Stay-K.C. Douglas and Richard Riggins
  5. Columbus, Mississippi Blues-Bukka White
  6. I’m Goin’ to Walk Your Log-Cat-Iron
  7. Why Did You Go Last Night-Clifton Chenier
  8. I Stand and Wonder-Sam Chatmon
  9. Sleeping with the Devil-Johnny Young and Walter Horton
  10. Short Stuff’s Corinna-Short Stuff Macon
  11. Married Woman Blues-Big Joe Williams
  12. Up the Country Blues-Little Brother Montgomery
  13. Dream-John Littlejohn
  14. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl-Doctor Ross
  15. Catfish Blues-Honeyboy Edwards
  16. M & O Blues-Memphis Slim
  17. Forty-Four-Scott Dunbar
  18. Sun Goin' Down-Son House
  19. Frisco Line-Fred McDowell
  20. Diggin’ My Potatoes-Big Bill Broonzy