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Medicine Show Man
Genres: Blues, Pop
No mere sales pitch, the title of this record refers to Pink Anderson's 40-year tenure as a member of traveling medicine shows across the South. It's not surprising, then, that his brand of blues is lilting and lighthearte... more »
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No mere sales pitch, the title of this record refers to Pink Anderson's 40-year tenure as a member of traveling medicine shows across the South. It's not surprising, then, that his brand of blues is lilting and lighthearted, intended as entertainment much more than spiritual or emotional release. As one of the most significant purveyors of the Piedmont country-blues style, Anderson covers a broad spectrum of traditions for his material--ragtime, minstrel, string band--and delivers it all with charisma and off-the-cuff charm. --Marc Greilsamer
B. D. Tutt | London, UK. | 10/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pink Anderson, a songster in the style of Mance Lipscomb, Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi John Hurt rather than a bluesman, spent 42 years as a medicine show man, entertaining the crowds with slyly witty songs. This album, the second of three wonderful recordings made by Bluesville in 1961, features this repertoire.He sings with great elan and enjoyment, even if his fingers sometimes slip a little. Highlights include "In the Jailhouse Now (recorded by Blind Blake and Gus Cannon), "Chicken" (also recorded by Bill Williams) and the wonderful "Travelin' Man" (similar to Luke Jordan's classic version). "Greasy Greens" is full of innuendo and performed with gusto, whilst, just to raise the tone at the end, "I'm Going to Walk" is a gospel tune.This is a delightful album: recommended without hesitation. If only Pink Floyd could play like this!"
Among the more entertaining of the Andreson collections
Andre M. | Mt. Pleasant, SC United States | 07/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm prejudiced when it comes to brother Pink being that we're both from Spartanburg, SC where he is well remebered. That said, objectively speaking this is one of the more entertaining of the Pink collections. The songs here are rather funny and clever and it captures the spirit of being at his old house on Spartanburg's South Forest Street (where he actually recorded these tunes) entertaining his neighbors. "I've Got Mine," He's In the Jailhouse Now," "Greasy Greens" and "Travelin Man" (the latter is actually a PC remake of a minstrel show tune) will give you the feeling of old fashioned fun."