Various Artists: Living Country Blues: An Anthology

Vital sounds from a classic era in Chicago blues; Living Country Blues: An Anthology (Evidence 26105-2)-This 3-CD set captures the richness of the rural American South in all its glory, documented in 1980 by two young German blues historians, Siegfried Christmann and Axel Kustner. Contains 60 tracks selected from a 14-album series that was released only in Germany, including performances by CeDell Davis, Hammie Nixon, Lonnie Pitchford, Cephas & Wiggins and James “Son” Thomas. An insider’s look at the practitioners of a vanishing musical form, produced in backwoods country shacks, small town living rooms and on rural front porches.