The story of blues singer Blind Willie McTell

This is a music video of Blind Willie McTell – Lonesome Day Blues.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Quiet bluesman

(Friday 26 October 2007)

Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell by Michael Gray
(Bloomsbury, £25)

KARL DALLAS goes in search of one of music’s most mysterious figures.

Blind Willie McTell was a singer set apart from the familiar cliches of white bluesology. As Michael Gray says in this exhaustively researched and, to be honest, sometimes exhausting to read story, “McTell explodes every archetype about the blues musician. He is no roaring primitive, no Robert Johnson-esque devil-dealing womaniser.

“He didn’t lose his sight in a juke-joint brawl, or hopping a freight train. He didn’t escape into music from behind a mule plough in the Delta. He didn’t die violently or young.”

But the fact remains, as Bob Dylan put it in a masterly musical tribute, “I know no-one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.”

William Samuel McTell was born in 1901 and died after a stroke in 1958. He lived and played most of his life in his home state of Georgia, although he travelled to New York City and Chicago to make some of his early recordings. His most productive period was between 1927 and 1936, but he also made some commercial recordings in 1949 and 1950.

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