Superb late gospel and blues from 1949 Regals, as presented by Biograph in the 1970s.
Okehs (as Georgia Bill), Victors (Hot Shot Willie) and Vocalions (Blind Willie) — with another amazing Georgia blues guitarist, Curley Weaver, and two fine Atlanta singers, Ruth Willis and Ruby Glaze.
John Lomax was on a Library of Congress field trip in 1940 when he saw McTell busking in the car-park of the Atlanta Pig ‘n Whistle BBQ. The great man got a buck for this session. (Check the monologues).
Rare cuts for Regal Records in Atlanta in 1950, also featuring guitarist Curley Williams. This is the first time that many of these tracks have ever been issued on vinyl.
Recorded for Vocalion (in New York City) and Decca (in Chicago) these tracks from the mid-thirties mark the height of McTell’s recording career. That’s his wife Kate singing on Ain’t It Grand To Be A Christian.