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Fred McDowell: The First Recordings

First recordings of the Mississippi blues master, made in September of 1959 by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. McDowell’s strikingly individual bottleneck guitar style and powerfully dramatic vocals resonate with chilling intensity on Delta classics like “I’m Going Down The River,” “61 Highway Blues,” Blind Willie Johnson’s “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning,” Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and McDowell’s best known piece, “Shake “Em On Down.”

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