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The Rough Guide to Spiritual Blues

world music network

CD (pre-order)

Expected Release: 24th Apr 2020


Lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques this album highlights just how thin the line separating the Lord’s song and ‘devil’s music’ truly was.

The Rough Guide to Spiritual Blues presents a musical exploration of the close ties between gospel music and the blues. Ithis ncludes tracks by many blues legends including Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Blind Willie McTell, guitar evangelists Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis and blues divas Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie.

The Rough Guide to Spiritual Blues


  1. Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
  2. Reverend Gary Davis - I Am The True Vine
  3. Blind Joe Taggart - Religion Is Something Within You
  4. Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist) - You Never Will Know Who Is Your Friend
  5. Josh White - I Don’t Intend To Die In Egyptland
  6. Bessie Smith - Moan, You Moaners
  7. Blind Willie Mctell & Curley Weaver - Lord Have Mercy If You Please
  8. Lonnie McIntorsh - The Lion And The Tribes Of Judah
  9. Blind Roosevelt Graves - Take Your Burdens To The Lord
  10. Memphis Minnie - When The Saints Go Marching Home
  11. Dennis Crumpton And Robert Summers - Go I’ll Send Thee
  12. Blind Boy Fuller - Jesus Is A Holy Man
  13. Charley Patton - Prayer Of Death (Part 1)
  14. Eddie Head And His Family - Tryin’ To Get Home
  15. Son Bonds - Give Me That Old Time Religion
  16. Thomas A. Dorsey - If You See My Saviour
  17. Rev. I.B. Ware With Wife And Son - I Wouldn’t Mind Dying (But I Gotta Go By Myself)
  18. Blind Willie Davis - Your Enemy Cannot Harm You
  19. Mother Mccollum - Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
  20. Kid Prince Moore - Sign Of Judgement
  21. Washington Phillips - A Mother’s Last Word To Her Daughter
  22. Blind Gussie Nesbit - Canaan Land
  23. Daniel Brown With Blind Blake - Beulah Land
  24. A.C. & Blind Mamie Forehand - I’m So Glad Today
  25. Blind Lemon Jefferson - I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart
  26. Rev. Emmett Dickenson - Death Of Blind Lemon