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Arthur Williams: Ain’t Goin’ Down

A great example of old-timey juke joint blues harp in the tradition of Sonny Boy Williamson can be heard on Ain’t Goin’ Down (Fedora 5019; 50:59) by Mississippi native and current St. Louis resident Arthur Williams. A one-time member of The Jelly Roll Kings, Williams put in 40 years as a sideman before finally recording his first album as a leader, last year’s Harpin’ on It for Fedora. This worthy follow-up, which reunites him with Jelly Roll Kings drummer Sam Carr, is raw, undiluted and highly recommended for hardcore blues harp fans.

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