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Sound of Delta
Ruby McCoy, Fred Mcdowell, Big Joe Williams
Sound of Delta
Genres: Country, Blues, Special Interest, Pop
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Frank Klin | Garnet Mountains, Montana | 05/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Recorded between 1963-65 and originally issued as Testament 2209, these unvarnished and compelling performances attest to the slow rate at which change affects some residents of the Mississippi Delta. The two most recognizable names here are Fred McDowell and Big Joe Williams (who performs solo and plays guitar on several other tracks). And while their pieces are excellent (Your Close Friend/ Kokomo/ Louise/Walkin' Ground Hog and a previously unissued version of Walkin' Blues), it is the "obscure" musicians who make the album sparkle. The 70-year-old Elijah Brown is a aural time capsule, preserving some of the earliest elements of the Delta tradition. Avery Brady's cuts are also exceptional, and 2 of them (Uncle Sam's Own Ship/ Goin' Home WIth My Baby) are previously unreleased. Other artists include Ruby McCoy, Arthur Weston, Andrew Cauthen, and Big Joe's uncles, Bert and Russ Logan. [...]

Black Mary Ruby McCoy (3:10)
Won't Be Troubled Long Elijah Brown (2:33)
Your Close Friend Big Joe Williams (4:30)
Goin' Home With My Baby Avery Brady (2:45)
Kokomo Blues Mississippi Fred McDowell (1:53)
Don't You Want to Be a Member Bert Logan (1:59)
Pearline Elijah Brown (2:02)
Uncle Sam Called Me (I Got to Go) Arthur Weston (2:51)
Bad Weather Avery Brady (2:20)
Walkin' Blues Big Joe Williams (2:27)
Rising Sun Shine On Ruby McCoy (2:34)
Early in the Morning Arthur Weston (2:21)
Walkin' Ground Hog Big Joe Williams (2:57)
Winding Ball Elijah Brown (2:59)
Uncle Sam's Own Ship Avery Brady (2:41)
Annie Mae Russ Logan (2:10)
Louise Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:30)
Let Me Drive Your Ford Avery Brady (3:51)
Canary Bird Andrew Cauthen (2:21)