Yank Rachells Tennessee Jug-Busters
In the early sixties there was a revival of the traditional blues
artists of the20 and 30s. From this period came recordings that are real treasures of
blues history, and this has to be one of the best mandolin blues I've yet to find.
The lineup on this recently-reissued CD is truly stellar. Any one of these
artists could have been the leader of the group. Yank Rachell plays mandolin and sings, as
well as some providing mandolin-influenced guitar on Lonesome Blues."
This great slice of history was recorded in two informal sessions at private homes in 1963. In the first session, tracks one through nine were recorded at Bloomfields Chicago apartment by Bob Koester and Pete Welding. The second session had to be moved to another residence. The liner notes give credit to Hammies foot stomping for dislodging the plaster from the ceiling of the apartment below the first residence. The second session was moved to the residence of Dan Queen for the remainder of the tracks. Yank, Hammie and Sleepy John were late for the session, so Big Joe began recording just with Mike Bloomfield until the others arrived. The sound quality on this project is quite good, and sounds like a studio recording.
Several tracks stand out as classics, like Starvation In My
--- Mike Simpson
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