Sam McGee

Country Guitar

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Mcgee's country guitar picking is bright and impressive. The compact tunes contain a chugging rhythm from guitar and bass over which he flourishes bursts of notes on banjo, guitar, and banjo-guitar. This mostly instrumental disc is interspersed with songs on which Sam McGee provides the vocals. He was a pioneer among hot country guitar pickers, being the first to record, broadcast, and perform road shows. Blues and urbane styles ("Franklin's Blues," "Railroad Blues" ) are included with the strident examples of hyper-country guitar. Mike Seeger, who made these recordings in 1969 and 1970, provides the liner notes. The booklet of this excellent, early country guitar album also contains an interview with Sam and track-by-track notes.