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Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings

Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings by Mississippi John Hurt
Released: Aug 1996
Label: Columbia/Legacy
These 1928 recordings sketch out the points at which traditional American folk music and country blues intersect. Hurt's gentle vocals and beautifully fragile guitar picking are among the most idiosyncratic and appealing in all of blues music. With pretty much every song eliciting the same melancholic response, just start with "Frankie."
Mike McGuirk