Mississippi John Hurt - 1928 Sessions on Limited Edition 180g Vinyl LP (Backordered)
Mississippi John Hurt 1928 Sessions on Limited Edition 180g Vinyl LP
John Smith Hurt, raised in Avalon, Mississippi, learned to play guitar at age nine. He was completely self-taught, stealthily playing the guitar of a friend of his mother's, who often stayed at the Hurt home while courting a lady who lived nearby. His style was not reminiscent of any other style being played at the time; it was the way Hurt "thought the guitar should sound." He spent much of his youth playing old time music for friends and dances, earning a living as a farmhand into the 1920s. His fast, highly syncopated style of playing made his music adept for dancing. On occasion, a medicine show would come through the area; Hurt recalls being wanted by one of them. "One of them wanted me, but I said no because I just never wanted to get away from home." In 1923 he partnered with the fiddle player Willie Narmour as a substitute for his regular partner Shell Smith.
When Narmour got a chance to record for Okeh Records as a prize for winning first place in a 1928 fiddle contest, he recommended Hurt to Okeh Records producer Tommy Rockwell. After auditioning "Monday Morning Blues" at his home, he took part in two recording sessions, in Memphis and New York City. While in Memphis, Hurt recalled seeing "many, many blues singers ... Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, and lots, lots more." Hurt described his first recording session as such: "... a great big hall with only the three of us in it: me, the man [Rockwell], and the engineer. It was really something. I sat on a chair, and they pushed the microphone right up to my mouth and told me that I couldn't move after they had found the right position. I had to keep my head absolutely still. Oh, I was nervous, and my neck was sore for days after."
Hurt attempted further negotiations with Okeh to record again, but after the commercial failure of the resulting records, and Okeh Records going out of business during the Great Depression, Hurt returned to Avalon and obscurity, working as a sharecropper and playing local parties and dances.
A copy of one of his recordings, "Avalon Blues," was later discovered. The title of which gave the location of his hometown and inspired a growth of interest in Hurt's whereabouts. Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, would be the first to locate Hurt in 1963. He convinced Hurt to relocate to Washington, D.C., where he was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1964. This rediscovery helped further the American folk music revival, which had led to the rediscovery of many other bluesmen of Hurt's era. Hurt entered the same university and coffeehouse concert circuit as his contemporaries, as well as other Delta blues musicians brought out of retirement. He played concerts and recorded several studio albums for Vanguard Records.
Mississippi John Hurt 1928 Sessions Track Listing:
1. Got the Blues Can't Be Satisfied
2. Louis Collins
3. Blue Harvest Blues
4. Avalon Blues
5. Blessed Be the Name
6. Nobody's Dirty Business
8. Ain't No Tellin'
9. Big Leg Blues
10. Stack O' Lee Blues
11. Praying on the Old Camp Ground
12. Spike Driver Blues
13. Candy Man Blues
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