From North Carolina, 1926-1936: a thrilling, chilling haul of old-time fiddle and banjo tunes, folk songs and murder ballads, gospel hymns, mountain blues and railroad songs, nicely done.
Terrific Delta blues, up there with Charlie Patton and Son House. Canned Heat got their name from here (it means booze); and Howling Wolf got I Asked For Water (She Brought Me Gasoline).
His marvellous early recordings, between 1980 and 1983 — reviving six cassettes, like Songs Of Pain and Don’t Be Scared, and more — individually sleeved, with a two-sided A2 poster and 64-page booklet.
Like Saturday night on a Sunday morning. Patsy on Jesus. Elvis, no pelvis. With four celebrated Nashville sidemen fresh from June 1958 Elvis sessions.
Her third, 1970 album, the brilliant summation of her folky start — with favourites like Woodstock, Big Yellow Taxi and The Circle Game. 180g vinyl, top pressing, natty gatefold.
Terrific 1968-72 demos by this giant of American country, including many of his masterworks. (A bunch of asses here at HJ, as is often noted. You don’t like Hank, you can kiss them all.)
The first Mississippi compilation, back in print after seven years! Lovely and moving collection of vintage country blues, full of dread.
His 1963 debut LP — the captivating storybook picture of every backwater burgh. ‘It’s little and it’s lonesome. You won’t find it on any map, but you can take three steps in any direction and you’re in Trouble.’
Legendary, no-nonsense, masterful finger-picking, with ethereal harmonics reminiscent of Washington Phillips. Reissuing a private-press LP recorded in Arkansas in the early 1960s. Notes by John Renbourn.
Black Power blues from the mid-sixties.
‘The lives of all of us are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story.’
From 1920s and 1930s 78s by luminaries like Amede Ardoin, Dennis McGee, Joe And Cleoma Falcon — some of the rarest, most compelling, most heart-breaking of all South-West Louisianian music.
An intimate, profound documentary about buckdancing legend Thomas Maupin. Here’s a little ole trailer: http://vimeo.com/6434834.
Forty-seven previously tracks by the likes of Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kate McGarrigle and Sleepy John Estes, recorded in performance from 1967 to date at this tiny location in upstate NY.