This CD features Henry Townsend on vocals,
guitar, piano and harpsichord, and was recorded in August,
1979 in St. Louis. You'll hear Henry on a variety of pianos,
from a 9-foot Baldwin grand to uprights, and you'll hear the
only boogie-woogie played by a blues master on a harpsichord
that we know of.
Henry is one of the originators of the St. Louis blues sound.
His journey to St. Louis started at the age of nine, when
he hoboed his way there from Cairo, Illinois. A few years
later, he was playing guitar at house parties, speakeasies
and on the streets. His first recordings were made by Columbia
in 1929; he went on to play with Walter Davis, Roosevelt Sykes,
Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Al Calhoun and
Henry Townsend (1909-2006), was one of the few original blues greats
alive and well and still playing concerts at the age of 95.
If you want to hear some great blues stories, check out A
Blues Life: Henry Townsend, as told to Bill Greensmith,
published by University of Illinois Press.
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