Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Author: Mack McCormack
Source: The Jazz Review, vol. 3, n°1, January 1960

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Robert “Mack” McCormick , who “discovered”  Lightnin’ Hopkins in 1959,  said about him, that he “is the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act”

Read McCormack’s article in the Jazz Review of January 1960 HERE

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Author:  Greil Marcus
Source: The VillageVoice,  12th January 1976, pp 73-74

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Greil Marcus (1945) is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic,  notable for producing scholarly and literary essays that place rock music in a much broader framework of culture and politics than is customary in pop music journalism.

This is an article on Henry Thomas, published in the VillageVoice in 1976 (click the image/Jpeg-format)

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Author: Mack McCormick

Source: Liner Notes “Henry Thomas – “Ragtime Texas”: Complete Recorded Works – 1927 to 1929 in Chronological Order (Herwin, 1974)”

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The McCormick Liner Notes to Henry Thomas’ “Completed Work” (Herwin, 1974) are a wonderful written document not only on Henry Thomas, but on blues in general. They are as beautiful as the music they describe, presented by a man with a tremendous love and knowledge of this unique genre.

You can read them HERE in PDF-format.

If you prefer to read them in an attractive magazine-stylish way, go here.

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Author: Paul Swinton

Source: B&R, 121,4

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“Although he was not the first male country blues  singer/guitarist to record, Blind Lemon Jefferson  was the first to succeed commercially and his success influenced previously reluctant record companies to actively seek out and record male country blues players
in the hope of finding a similar talent. Throughout the ’20s Lemon spearheaded a boom in ‘race’ record sales that featured male down-home blues singers and such was the appeal of his recordings that in turn they were responsible for inspiring a whole new generation of blues singers. David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards’ acknowledgement being typical of many…”

 

CONTINUE READING HERE

http://www.bluesandrhythm.co.uk/

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Author : Michael Hortig

Source : Blues & Rhythm, 250 & 251
(two articles)

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“Quite by chance I found the ‘Online Texas Death Index’, where death certificates from 1890 to 1976 are available. Much bibliographical data of little known pianists such as Black Boy Shine, Bessie Tucker, and Wilson ‘Thunder’ Smith have been found, providing the background for this two-part article on Texas Blues Piano.”

CONTINUE READING HERE

http://www.bluesandrhythm.co.uk/

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