The Sound of the Delta

The Sound of the Delta



Blues scholar Pete Welding assembled these 19 recordings -- most solo, all acoustic, most prominently featuring guitar and vocal -- between 1963 and 1965, just as the blues revival was gathering steam. This isn't the best Delta blues compilation, as an introduction or a general sampler. If you can't get enough of the stuff, though, it certainly stands up well. Big Joe Williams and Fred McDowell are the only well-known performers, but the others -- obscure names like Arthur Weston and the delightfully raw-voiced Ruby McCoy -- are generally in the same league. It's well-recorded, and contains a reasonable variety of styles. The CD reissue adds bonus tracks by Williams and Avery Brady that were not included on the original version.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1994
Label: Testament
UPC: 0012928501224
catalogNumber: 5012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Joe Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Track Performer
George Robertson   Harmonica
Avery Brady   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Brown   Violin
Arthur Weston   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Elijah Brown   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew Cauthen   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Ruby McCoy   Track Performer
Bert Logan   Track Performer
Russ Logan   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Norman Dayron   Engineer
Pete Welding   Producer,Liner Notes

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