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Mississippi John Hurt – Today


Another outstanding record that’s the result of the Folk Blues Revival of the 1960’s when, generally-speaking, young White Americans began to appreciate and search for the blues of older Black Americans. One of the most famous “rediscoveries” that came of this movement was that of Mississippi John Hurt, who before this 1966 release, had not recorded since 1928.
Hurt was a supremely-skilled guitarist with a warm, inviting voice. Typical of the Vanguard releases from this period, the recording is excellent – perfectly sparse, ambient and true. The material is comprised of standards and originals, including his famous “Candy Man.” This is another essential record in any blues collection.
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman.

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The ’60s revived the careers of many early bluesmen, but none so dramatically as that of Mississippi John Hurt. Hurt recorded a few brilliant sides in the ’20s, then ostensibly disappeared off the face of the Earth until folk musician Tom Hoskins went looking for him in 1963. At the age of 70, Hurt began one of the greatest comebacks in music history. From his first ’60s shows until his death in 1966, Hurt was a popular mainstay of the folk-music circuit. “TODAY!” demonstrates why the audiences loved him so. More a melodic songster than a traditional bluesman, Hurt has a great deal in common with ’60s folk musicians – many of whom he inspired. Hurt’s dexterous and beautiful finger-picking style provided aspiring folk performers with a template, as did his warm and gentle stage presence. All these elements are amply evident on “TODAY!”, on which Hurt turns in definitive performances of “Pay Day”, “Louis Collins”, “Spike Driver’s Blues”, and “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor”. He even takes a rare (and successful) turn at slide guitar on “Talking Casey”. Like all of Hurt’s Vanguard albums, “TODAY!” is an absolutely essential document of a great American artist.


I’m Satisfied
Candy Man
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
Talkin’ Casey
Corrina, Corrina
Coffee Blues
Louis Collins
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
If You Don’t Want Me Baby
Spike Driver’s Blues
Beulah Land


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm