Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sid Hemphill “The Devil’s Dream”

(Global Jukebox) The mind-altering blues of fiddler/vocalist Hemphill exists only in the moory of some real old Mississipites and on some acetates Alan Lomax recorded in 1942, and finally, on this collection. There’s much to be learned here. First off, that Hemphill was as awesome as any bluesman that ever made it out of the hills. 2nd was that John Henry was actual killed by a hammer, not a heart attack. And most importantly, that the dozens of verses of Hemphill’s “The Carrier Line” make up a true American classic tune, one that America just don’t know about yet. This is a stellar, super-important release.

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