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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Henry Townsend - Henry T. Music Man

Style : Country Blues, Piano Blues
Released : 1973
Lable : Adelphi Records

01 - Biddle Street Blues
02 - She Walked Away...
03 - Every Day Of My Life
04 - Sloppy Drunk Again!
05 - Why Do We Love Each Other?
06 - Deep Morgan Stomp
07 - Buzz, Buzz, Buzz...
08 - Heart Trouble
09 - Doing Better In Life
10 - Don't You Remember Me?
11 - Now Or Never!

Several related factors come together here to make this a particularly wonderful blues album, something in the nature of a sleeper that may become a listener's favorite choice when it comes time for some blues. For one thing, there's the surprise factor in that this is not one of the "star" names in blues, due to the fact that Henry Townsend mostly recorded as a sideman, or under a bogus name such as St. Louis Jimmy. His is a top-quality blues voice and he is a sharp and accurate blues picker on both the electric and acoustic model, in the Lightnin' Hopkins and Skip James mode but with a harder edge. And he even throws in some decent blues piano, although the out-of-tune model he uses moves the whole thing into the rarified realm of microtonal blues. Over-familiarity can sometimes take the luster off a performance by a big-name artist, but that is guaranteed not to happen with Townsend because very few blues fans can say they have heard too much of him. Material was recorded over a five-year period, and the wandering and ever-changing sound quality also helps the album, as do the different instrumental combinations. The tandem guitar picking really sounds good, with that wooden back-porch quality that escaped most of the primitive recording machines in the old days, and couldn't possibly be recreated in a modern studio. One track worthy of special mention -- they are all really good -- is the vocal duet performance with Vernell Townsend, a song entitled "Why Do We Love Each Other?" This has a sound that really sticks with you.

original LP from sussex

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