Born William Samuel McTell in 1901, Blind Willie lost his sight in late childhood, yet earned the status as one of the most accomplished guitarists and lyrical storytellers in Blues history. Blind Willie became an accomplished musical theorist, able to both read and write music in Braille, through an encouraging family and strong faith.
While few of his recordings ever earned mainstream popularity, his influence on the modern music and art scene is widely known. His songs (Statesboro Blues, Broke Down Engine Blues, etc ) have been recorded by famous artists such as the Allman Brothers, Taj Mahal and others.
He left the music scene for the pulpit in later life and the details of Blind Willies death remain nebulous; nonetheless, his legacy grows exponentially each year. You have to maintain a certain tolerance for ambiguity to understand how a disabled African American from central Georgia in the early part of the 20th century could inspire the likes of the most successful and influential Blues, Jazz and Rock musicians of our time. While accomplished and appreciated in his day, Blind Willie was never truly successful by todays standards. His real claim to success has been realized in his gift to future generations. In his lifetime, overcoming physical and social adversity was part of the program.
Blind Willie McTell's Volume 1 from Third Man's highly-anticipated Document Records reissue series on black 180-gram vinyl, remastered by Document's very own Gary Atkinson features brand new artwork by Grammy-award-winning designer Rob Jones.
The recordings we'll be presenting in this reissue series are the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, R&B, Elvis, teenagerism, punk rock... it all goes back to these vital, breathtaking recordings. Third Man Records is proud to present these landmark albums in conjunction with Document Records, with brand new, jaw-dropping artwork by Rob Jones and new insightful liner notes, on vinyl for the first time in decades. Every record collection should have ample room for these highly important and endlessly listenable albums.
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order: October 18, 1927 to ovember 29, 1929.
180 Gram Vinyl
Remastered by Document's very own Gary Atkinson
Brand New Artwork by Grammy-Award-Winning Designer Rob Jones
I. Writin' Paper Blues
2. Stole Rider Blues
3. Mama, Tain't Long Fo' Day
4. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (tk. 1)
5. Mr. McTell Got The Blues (tk 2)
6. Three Women Blues
7. Dark Night Blues
8. Statesboro Blues
1. Loving Talking Blues
2. Atlanta Strut
3. Travelin' Blues
4. Come On Around To My House Mama
5. Kind Mama
6. Drive Away Blues
7. Love Changing Blues