Saturday, February 24, 2007

Blues Break: Mississippi Fred McDowell's 'Goin' Down to the River'

Fred McDowell (1904-72) was one of the finest Delta blues vocalists and guitar players--on both acoustic and electric. (And he offers a nice break from politics.) Fred lived the blues, and you get a hint of that on his face at the very end of this fine song. I saw him in Portland (the Upper Left Coast version) in a powerful performance just a year before his death.

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