Big Joe Williams

Baby Please Don't Go: The Essential Big Joe Williams

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Big Joe Williams recorded for several small labels in the '50s, pounding out rough country blues on his half-homemade nine-string Sovereign guitar tuned to an open G, but as powerful as these rough sides were, they were too Delta and too rustic country blues to catch the ears of the R&B crowd. Williams didn't really find a larger audience until the folk and blues boom of the '60s. This two-disc set collects several of those early-'50s sides, and it's vintage Williams, wonderfully ragged and wild.

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