Mississippi John Hurt
Folk Songs and Blues
Rating: ***** (Good Shit)
Hurt had recorded a few sides for Okey in the 1920s (not big sellers), and then returned to share cropping. In 1963, two D.C. musicians heard the old sides and managed to find him in Mississippi, brought him back to D.C. to record this debut album. He’d record a few more sets and then passed away in Mississippi.
Classic country blues. While I’ve heard sides that can stand next to these, I can’t say I’ve heard anything better in this style.