Memphis Minnie

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Memphis Minnie held her own in a genre famous for its casualties, and as a blues guitarist, few players in the 1920s could cut her. That, coupled with Minnie's natural showmanship and a penchant for marrying her guitar duet partners (Casey Bill Weldon, Kansas Joe McCoy, Ernest Lawlars), makes her one of the most colorful figures in blues history. This two-disc collection brings together a broad sampling of her work, which ranged from Afro/Appalachian folk pieces to rags, spirituals, comic routines (often with Kansas Joe), and the deepest blues. The highlights are many, but try "I'm Goin' Back Home," "What's the Matter With the Mill," or "Let's Go to Town" for a sampling of her various styles.

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