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The Rough Guide to Blind, Black & Blue

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Released: 26th Jul 2019



Released: 27th Mar 2020


A unique compilation of tracks from blind blues musicians who left remarkable musical legacies in the face of incredible adversity featuring many legendary guitarists including Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie McTell and Blind Willie Johnson.

The album features a diverse selection of tracks ranging from upbeat rags and gospel tunes to earthy blues and hokum highlighting the incredible contribution made by blind blues musicians that has left a lasting mark on the history of American music. It includes hidden gems by artists shrouded in mystery Legend has it that two of the towering figures of country blues once busked on opposite sides of the street in Marlin, Texas. Both ‘The Father Of The Texas Blues’ Blind Lemon Jefferson and slide guitar evangelist Blind Willie Johnson have left remarkable musical legacies in the face of incredible adversity, dealing with blindness in conditions of poverty and confronted by all the disadvantages imposed by race segregation.

The Rough Guide to Blind, Black & Blue

  1. Blind Blake - He’s In The Jailhouse Now
  2. Teddy Darby - Lawdy Lawdy Worried Blues
  3. Blind Boy Fuller - Truckin’ My Blues Away No. 2 (Take 2)
  4. Blind Lemon Jefferson - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
  5. Sonny Terry - Harmonica Stomp
  6. Blind Joe Reynolds - Third Street Woman Blues
  7. Blind Joe Taggart - Religion Is Something Within You
  8. Blind Willie McTell - Stomp Down Rider
  9. Reverend Gary Davis - The Angels Message To Me
  10. Willie Walker - South Carolina Rag (Take 2)
  11. Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody’s Fault But Mine
  12. Blind Roosevelt Graves - Crazy About My Baby
  13. Blind Gussie Nesbit - Pure Religion
  14. Bo Carter - Don’t Mash My Digger So Deep
  15. Blind Mamie Forehand - I Wouldn’t Mind Dying If Dying Was All
  16. Sleepy John Estes - Diving Duck Blues
  17. Blind Willie Davis - I’ve Got A Key To The Kingdom