A Session With… Charley Patton

Mississippi Blues Legend

Trail of Blues

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Charley Patton – considered by many to be the “father of the delta blues” – practically inspired every delta bluesman with his unusual and expressive style despite the fact that he passed away by 1934. These three songs come from a small session for Paramount Records, held in Grafton, WI. in 1930. The session produced less than a handful of cuts but they have an interesting quality to them.

Charley had a fairly easily recognizable voice, it being quite powerful and had a ‘hoarse’ quality to it. His way of singing could be called, like his song, “screamin’ and hollerin’ blues” – it was loud, expressive and exciting and gave a great contrast to his somewhat ‘plain’ style of strumming his guitar.

The songs below – Moon Goin’ Down and Bird Nest Bound – are driven by two guitars; Charley Patton’s and with Willie Brown assisting, who together create a solid but very similar…

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