Great news, everyone! Amazon and Fat Possum Records have teamed up for a series of new records from iconic blues artists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, and Skip James. I’ve been a fan of the old Delta blues musicians for many years now, but I’m borderline obsessed with the great Mississippi John Hurt in particular. When I saw he had new music—not just repackaged songs, but music I actually hadn’t heard before—I just about jumped out of my chair.
The releases, all filed under the name Worried Blues, are streaming now on Amazon Prime, and can also be purchased digitally and on CD. The big news, as far as I’m concerned, is that vinyl copies are also coming; Amazon currently says they will be released in September. The recordings, per a report last month from Billboard, were recorded in the 60s and 70s by Gene Rosenthal of Adelphi Records and legendary guitarist John Fahey. They were released on CD in the 90s, but never got a ton of attention and were never released on vinyl before now.
Other artists included in this series are Bukka White, R.L. Burnside, Honeyboy Edwards, Furry Lewis, Houston Stackhouse, Little Brother Montgomery, and Reverend Robert Wilkins. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Wilkins, and I’ve only heard one or two songs from a handful of the other artists, so I’m looking forward to learning a lot while I listen to these recordings.
Click here for more information. I’ve been listening to these recordings a lot via Amazon Prime ever since I first discovered them, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be buying a few of these on vinyl right away, and I have a feeling I’ll end up eventually owning all of them.