Walter Brown McGhee (1915-1996) was an articulate spokesman for the blues who, in partnership with Sonny Terry, proselytized the buoyant Piedmont-blues-style to folk audiences a decade before most ever heard of the Mississippi Delta. Though he is largely associated with the "folk boom" which made Sonny and Brownie familiar names worldwide, Brownie's recording career began in Chicago in 1940; the second song in this retrospective, Me and My Dog, was Brownie's first issued recording. Other reminders here of Brownie's pre-War blues career are Death of Blind Boy Fuller (written to order on the occasion of Fuller's 1941 demise) and the Fuller-influenced Pawn Shop Blues. Tennessee born, Carolina-influenced, New York based in his "folk boom" glory and a Californian at the time of his death, Brownie showed a wide stylistic range from turn-of-the-century ragtime (Come On Keep It Coming) to the lyrical sophistication of such original songs as Conversation With A River. His flair for the dramatic aside and autobiographical insight augment passionate vocals and splendid guitar work in 14 performances, a moving retrospective of an artist too long taken for granted.
Tracklisting: - Kansas City Blues - Me And My Dog - I'm Gonna Tell God How You Treat Me - Pawn Shop Blues - Born and Living With The Blues - Life Is A Gamble - Automobile Blues - My Father's Words - Conversation With A River - I Feel So Good - Drinkin' Wine Spo Dee-O-Dee - Key To The Highway - Come On Keep It Coming - Death Of Blind Boy Fuller