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He played with a fluid, syncopated fingerstyle guitar technique, common among many exponents of Piedmont blues. Unlike his contemporaries, he came to use twelve-string guitars exclusively. McTell was also an adept slide guitaristunusual among ragtime bluesmen. His vocal style, a smooth and often laid-back tenordiffered greatly from many of the harsher voices of Delta bluesmen such as Charley Patton.
McTell performed in various musical styles, including bluesragtimereligious music and hokum. McTell was born in Thomson, Georgia. He learned to play the guitar in his early teens. He soon became a street performer in several Georgia cities, including Atlanta and Augustaand first recorded in for Victor Records. He never produced a major hit recordbut he had a prolific recording career with different labels and under different names in the s and s.
Inhe was recorded by the folklorist John A. He was active in the s and s, playing on the streets of Atlanta, often with his longtime associate Curley Weaver. Twice more he Georgia Rag - Various - The Blues professionally. Hard Times Pass - Killa Korporation - Sleeping Giants (File) last recordings originated during an impromptu session recorded by an Atlanta record store owner in McTell died three years later, having suffered for years from diabetes and alcoholism.
Despite his lack of commercial success, he was one of the few blues musicians of his Mila - Psihomodo Pop - The Ultimate Collection who continued to actively play and record during the s and s.
He did not live to see the American folk music revivalin which many other bluesmen were "rediscovered". Most sources give the date of his birth asbut Georgia Rag - Various - The Blues Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc suggeston the basis of his entry in the census. He attended schools for the blind in Georgia, New York and Michigan and showed proficiency in music from an early age, first playing the harmonica and accordion, learning to read and write music in Braille Georgia Rag - Various - The Blues and turning to the six-string guitar in his early teens.
He was related to the bluesman and gospel pioneer Thomas A. After his mother died, in Georgia Rag - Various - The Blues s, he left his hometown and became an itinerant musician, or " songster ". He began his recording career in for Victor Records in Atlanta. She accompanied him on stage and on several recordings before becoming a nurse in For most of their marriage, from until his death, they lived apart, she in Fort Gordonnear Augusta, and he working around Atlanta.
Like Lead Bellyanother songster who began his career as a street artist, McTell favored the somewhat unwieldy and unusual twelve-string guitarwhose greater volume made it suitable for outdoor playing. In John A. The Lomaxes also elicited from the singer traditional songs such as "The Boll Weevil" and "John Henry" and spirituals such as " Amazing Grace " which were not part of his usual commercial repertoire.
In the interview, John A. Lomax is heard asking if McTell knows any "complaining" songs an earlier term for protest songsto which the singer replies somewhat uncomfortably and evasively that he does not.
Lomax's interactions with the singer and entirely omitted the contributions of Ruby Terrill Lomax. McTell recorded for Atlantic Records and Regal Records inbut Georgia Rag - Various - The Blues recordings met with less commercial success than his previous works. He continued to perform around Atlanta, but his career was cut short by ill health, mostly due to diabetes and alcoholism.
Inan Atlanta record store manager, Edward Rhodes, discovered McTell playing in the street for quarters and enticed him with a bottle of corn liquor into his store, where he captured Arrest - Elmer Bernstein - Spies Like Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) few final performances on a tape recorder.
Zion Baptist Church in Atlanta. McTell died of a stroke in Milledgeville, Georgiain A fan paid to have a gravestone erected on his resting place. The name given on his gravestone is Willie Samuel McTier. Bob Dylan paid tribute to McTell on at least four occasions. In his song " Highway 61 Revisited ", the second verse begins, "Georgia Sam he had a bloody nose", a reference to one of McTell's many recording names. The Bath-based band Kill It Kid is named after the song of the same title.
A blues bar in Atlanta is named after McTell and regularly features blues musicians and bands. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Willie McTell. Piedmont and ragtime blues singer and guitarist.
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