Freitag, 11. Dezember 2020

VA - American Folk Blues Festival `65

The American Folk Blues Festival was a music festival that toured Europe as an annual event for several years beginning in 1962. It introduced audiences in Europe, including the UK, to leading blues performers of the day such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson, most of whom had never previously performed outside the US. The tours attracted substantial media coverage, including TV shows, and contributed to the growth of the audience for blues music in Europe.

Organised by Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, the American Folk Blues Festivals did much to fuel the British 'blues boom' of the early-to-mid 1960s.

Unusually. this was a studio session recorded in Hamburg on October 7, 1965 with fine performances from Fred McDowell(1904-72); J.B. Lenoir(1929-67); Walter "Shakey" Horton(1917-81); Roosevelt Sykes(1906-83); Eddie Boyd(1914-84); Jimmy Lee Robinson(1931-2002); John Lee Hooker(1917-2001); Buddy Guy(b. 1936); Big Mama Thornton(1926-84) & Doctor Ross(1925-93).
Freddie Below(1926-88) is the drummer on 9 of the 12 tracks.
Although not a concert, this well-recorded CD is an excellent reminder of the American Folk Blues Festivals of the 1960s as well as being a superb introduction to a variety of blues artists.


A1–Fred McDowell - Highway 61 3:04
A2–J.B. Lenoir - Slow Down 1:48
A3–Big Walter "Shakey" Horton - Christine 3:58
A4–Roosevelt Sykes - Come On Back Home 2:28
A5–Eddie Boyd - Five Long Years 3:12
A6–Eddie Boyd - The Big Question 2:47
B1–Lonesome Jimmy Lee - Rosalie 2:08
B2–John Lee Hooker - King Of The World 3:40
B3–John Lee Hooker - Della May 4:00
B4–Buddy Boy - First Time I Met The Blues 4:23
B5–Big Mama Thornton - Houn' Dog 2:51
B6–Doctor Ross - My Black Name Is Ringing 4:30

(320 kbps, cover art included)

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