National Downhome Blues Festival, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The National Downhome Blues Festival was a one- time event held in 1984 in Atlanta, GA. Stretching over five days, the festival featured traditional blues artists in a small venue setting, and the shows were recorded, eventually released on four LPs in 1984. Southland has combined the first two of those LPs on a single disc the second two have also been made into a single disc, and the result is an impressive primer on modern vernacular blues. The opening act, Mississippi's Lonnie Pitchford, steals the show right out of the gate with a wonderful set of six songs, four of which feature Pitchford on a one-string electric guitar essentially a diddley bow. Blessed with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The National Downhome Blues Festival was a one- time event held in 1984 in Atlanta, GA. Stretching over five days, the festival featured traditional blues artists in a small venue setting, and the shows were recorded, eventually released on four LPs in 1984. Southland has combined the first two of those LPs on a single disc the second two have also been made into a single disc, and the result is an impressive primer on modern vernacular blues. The opening act, Mississippi's Lonnie Pitchford, steals the show right out of the gate with a wonderful set of six songs, four of which feature Pitchford on a one-string electric guitar essentially a diddley bow. Blessed with a plaintive, convincing voice, Pitchford gives a glimpse of what traditional blues sounds like stripped of commercial aspirations. Precious Bryant, who follows Pitchford, sounds almost tame by comparison, but she delivers a crowd-pleasing set highlighted by her version of "Black Rat Swing." Jessie Mae Hemphill's rendition of "Train, Train" is another obvious highlight, as is Junior Kimbrough's signature "All Night Long" and Frank Edwards' surreal "Chicken Raid." This is blues that is still in service of its local communities, and the offhand, loose charm of these artists sets them aside from the bluster that usually passes for contemporary blues these days.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1994
  • Label: Southland Records
  • UPC: 762247902126
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 171,077

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That Train Coming Around the Bend - Lonnie Pitchford (3:06)
  2. 2 My Babe - Lonnie Pitchford (2:19)
  3. 3 Mary Had a Little Lamb - Lonnie Pitchford (3:46)
  4. 4 One-String Boogie - Lonnie Pitchford (1:49)
  5. 5 Walking Blues - Lonnie Pitchford (2:09)
  6. 6 Last Fair Deal - Lonnie Pitchford (2:12)
  7. 7 Baby, Please Come Home to Me - Precious Bryant (2:22)
  8. 8 Ain't That Loving You, Baby - Precious Bryant (3:07)
  9. 9 Black Rat Swing - Precious Bryant (3:04)
  10. 10 You Don't Have to Go - Precious Bryant (2:26)
  11. 11 Long Distance Call - Precious Bryant (2:40)
  12. 12 Precious Bryant Staggering Blues - Precious Bryant (2:14)
  13. 13 Hooks in the Water @@Thomas Burt (3:43)
  14. 14 Hate to See the Evening Sun Go Down @@Thomas Burt (6:21)
  15. 15 Ain't Got No Loving Baby Now @@Thomas Burt (2:14)
  16. 16 Train, Train - Jessie Mae Hemphill (3:43)
  17. 17 All Night Long - Junior Kimbrough (3:36)
  18. 18 You Put That Thing on Me - Sunnyland Slim (3:22)
  19. 19 She's Got Things Going On - Sunnyland Slim (2:46)
  20. 20 Chicken Raid - Frank Edwards (3:13)
  21. 21 Burning Bridges - Phil Wiggins (4:10)
  22. 22 Stagger Lee - Phil Wiggins (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessie Mae Hemphill Track Performer
John Cephas Track Performer
Frank Edwards Track Performer
Phil Wiggins Track Performer
Lonnie Pitchford Track Performer
Precious Bryant Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dr. David Evans Liner Notes
George H. Buck Jr. Liner Notes
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