Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt

by Mississippi John Hurt
     
 

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Mississippi John Hurt recorded a baker's dozen of folksy, acoustic blues tunes for the OKeh record label in 1928, then vanished into obscurity. Fast-forward more than 40 years: With the '60s folk-blues revival underway, a young enthusiast decided to see if Hurt was still alive. "Avalon's my home town," Hurt had sung so many years before, and that's where he was… See more details below

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Mississippi John Hurt recorded a baker's dozen of folksy, acoustic blues tunes for the OKeh record label in 1928, then vanished into obscurity. Fast-forward more than 40 years: With the '60s folk-blues revival underway, a young enthusiast decided to see if Hurt was still alive. "Avalon's my home town," Hurt had sung so many years before, and that's where he was rediscovered, still singing and playing his guitar. Thus, in 1963, at age 70, he launched a glorious, if short-lived, musical career. Hurt's affable demeanor and gentle delivery scored an immediate hit with a new generation of fans. THE BEST OF MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT features an hour of Hurt recorded live in 1965 at Oberlin College in Ohio. The crowd adored him, as most did, and with good reason. Hurt was a deceptively gifted fingerpicking guitarist and master storyteller, as he demonstrates on "Talking Casey," "My Creole Belle," "Candy Man," "Stagolee," and others. Hurt died in 1966. This live album is the fine legacy of a real folk hero.

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Contrary to what its title would make one believe, this record is not a collection of previously available recordings by Mississippi John Hurt -- rather, it is a complete concert from Oberlin College on April 15, 1965. Regardless, the title is justified, as the concert features Hurt in excellent form doing most of his best known classic songs from the 1920s as well as newer compositions.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707192026
catalogNumber:
19/20
Rank:
39594

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