Culled from performances from the 1963, 1964, and 1965 Newport Folk Festivals, during the height of the roots music revival, Blues with a Feeling, Pt. 1 is an excellent collection of songs from some of the Delta blues' finest. Big names like Son House and Lightnin' Hopkins each have three tracks included on the album, and good ones, too (the former's classic "Death Letter Blues" is fantastic, as is the latter's "Baby Please Don't Go"), while the blind singer Reverend Pearly Brown (with the help of Christine Brown) performs "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning" and Robert Pete Williams, five years out of prison and at his first performance ever outside of his home state of Louisiana, sings "Levee Camp Blues." It's acoustic Delta blues performed by the artists who helped define it, raw and earthy but at the same time very professional, played by the hands of practiced, experienced musicians who had truly lived what they were singing about.
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AllMusic Review by Marisa Brown