Before the Blues, Vol. 3: The Early American Black Music Scene

Before the Blues, Vol. 3: The Early American Black Music Scene


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This final volume in an indispensable series collects work by better-known artists like Memphis Minnie and Mississippi John Hurt as well as more obscure geniuses like Henry Thomas and Texas Alexander. What stands out is the amazingly consistent level of quality of the recordings. While some preservation efforts such as this might fill spaces with padding, all the music here is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351201720
catalogNumber: 2017
Rank: 37661

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbecue Bob   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Cannon's Jug Stompers   Track Performer
Cow Cow Davenport   Piano,Track Performer
Blind Boy Fuller   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Hammond   Track Performer
Mississippi John Hurt   Guitar,Track Performer
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Track Performer
Memphis Minnie   Track Performer
Frank Stokes   Track Performer
Henry Thomas   Track Performer
James Booker   Fiddle
Gus Cannon   Banjo,Leader
Joe Evans   Vocals,Track Performer
Blind Blake   Track Performer
Texas Alexander   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Grant   Guitar,Track Performer
Nap Hayes   Guitar
Coley Jones   Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Luke Jordan   Guitar,Track Performer
Arthur McClain   Vocals,Track Performer
Buster Carter   Track Performer
Preston Young   Track Performer
Blue Boys   Track Performer
Fiddlin' Doc Roberts   Fiddle
Biddleville Quintette   Track Performer
Matthew Prater   Mandolin
Taylor's Kentucky Boys   Track Performer
Rev. Moses Mason   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Clarence Ashley   Track Performer
Lil McClintock   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Contributor
Memphis Minnie   Composer,Contributor
Frank Stokes   Contributor
Henry Thomas   Contributor
Gus Cannon   Contributor
Bob Grant   Composer
Joe McCoy   Composer
Don Kent   Producer,Liner Notes
Richard Nevins   Producer,Liner Notes
Buster Carter   Contributor
Preston Young   Contributor
Blue Boys   Contributor
Joan Pelosi   Art Direction
Biddleville Quintette   Contributor
Taylor's Kentucky Boys   Contributor
Clarence Ashley   Contributor
Unidentified Prisoner   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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