Blind Willie McTell

The Blues

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Blind Willie McTell is unique among country bluesmen in that he had a 30-year recording career while remaining essentially an itinerant musician, and during his lifetime he was a familiar sight on the streets of Atlanta and other Southern cities as he performed his varied repertoire of blues, rags, and vaudeville pieces on his 12-string guitar. This set collects several of McTell's songs (whether McTell actually wrote a lot of these songs, or merely adapted them, is unclear, but there is a sharp writer's eye at work in all of them), including the classics "Atlanta Strut" and "Broke Down Engine," among others.

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