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Bluebird Recordings 1939-42
Genres: Blues, Pop
Among the country bluesmen performing in the fields and roadhouses during the halcyon days of American music before World War II, there were singers, such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leroy Carr, and there were shouters, s... more »
Among the country bluesmen performing in the fields and roadhouses during the halcyon days of American music before World War II, there were singers, such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leroy Carr, and there were shouters, such as Charley Patton, Willie Brown and small, rough-voiced Tommy McClennan. Bluebird, the last of the prewar recording companies to seek Mississippi artists, signed Yazoo City's McClennan on a tip from their popular songster, Big Bill Broonzy. Although he often played with fellow shouter Robert Petway in live performance, when put inside a studio, McClennan roared, slammed his guitar, and shouted his songs out with utter fury or, just as often, with hilarity, until his records became the last bestsellers of the unforgettable Delta blues epoch. In this rich trove of raw soulfulness, highly recommended are "You Can Mistreat Me Here," "Brown Skin Girl," "New Highway," and "It's Hard to Be Lonesome." --Alan Greenberg
A top notch Bluesman
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 06/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After hearing Mclennan play and sing the blues, you know you heard the real thing. As far as I am concerned, no one is better at this sort of hard driving, African sounding, rough country blues. Just listen to New Shake'em On Down Blues, and see what I am talking about. If you love Charly Patton, Bukka White, Son House, Willie Brown - You surely have to get this one. I just loved Mclennan from the first minute - his non compromising rough style. His voice is so rough you would think there is gravel in his throat. Mclennan seems completely swept by the the blues, talking to himself during the songs. There was only one Tommy Mclennan."
political idiot | california | 12/23/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tommy was Robert Johnson's contemporary and while not of Johnson's calibur, still a great talent. Tommy told it like it was and these recordings a quite amazing. His vocals are intense. Check out "Cross Cut Saw Blues," "Brown Skin Girl," and "Boogie Woogie Woman" for starters. Better hurry and get your copy 'cause BMG has sadly discontinued the entire Bluebird series."