Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rev. Pearly Brown "It's a mean old world to try to live in"

 Reverend Pearly Brown was a blind street singer and preacher, like Reverend Gary Davis, with a simple but effective guitar style and a very soulful voice. His repertoire, while purely religious was very large; Spirituals, Holy Blues, gospel,traditionnal slave songs, etc...
This lp was first issued in 1975 and is available again through Rounder Archive with six aditionnal tracks. There's another album from him on the Arhoolie label.
-This is my rip of the original lp-

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just Dave Van Ronk

Here's an lp from 1964 by the great folk/blues singer Dave Van Ronk. A major figure in the New-York folk scene of the early sixties and an inspiration for the young Bob Dylan, Van Ronk remained somewhat an outsider all his life and never gained popular success. A Singer with a strong voice, and a fine fingerpicking guitarist, he was one of the few white man who could sing the Blues with real passion and authenticity. New-Orleans jazz was his first musical love and he was the first one to play ragtime pieces on the guitar. During 40 years he stayed true to his music and beliefs, and his autobiography, "The mayor of Mac Dougall", that he wrote with the help of Elijah Wald just before his death, is the finest and funniest portrait of Greenwich Village and the folk scene of the sixties ever written.

Track list:
2.Frankie's Blues
3.Bad dream Blues
4.Pastures of plenty
5.Didn't it rain
7.God Bless The Child
8.Blue Monday
9.Baby let me lay it on you
10.House of the rising sun