Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Black & Blue

"I wrassled with the hounds, black man, hounds of hell all day, I squeeze them so tight, until they fade away..." These two tracks - recorded in the sewing room of the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman in 1939 - may just contain the most bone-chilling a capella blues you've ever heard. " Well, Mattie had a baby and he got blue eyes - that must be the captain's, keep on hanging around..."

Mattie May Thomas - Workhouse Blues
Mattie May Thomas - Dangerous Blues

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