Mississippi Fred McDowell

By J Poet

 

Acoustic bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell was one of the masters unearthed by the 60s blues and folk revival, a self-made musician with a singular style and a dedication to the roots of the blues. Even when he picked up an electric guitar for his first major label album, I Do Not Play No Rock’N’Roll (1969 Capital, 1995 Capital Expanded Edition), he stayed close to the delta soul that inspired him. Alan Lomax first recorded him, but it was Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records that put him on the map. Fred McDowell, Vol. 1 (1965 Arhoolie) and Fred McDowell, Vol. 2... Read More

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