Order # ACD 1002

Track list:
1. Can’t You See
2. Mercy
3. Can’t Help Myself
4. So Long, So Long
5. Pleasin’ Myself
6. My Babe
7. Crying Won’t Make Me Stay
8. Sad Story
9. I’ve Got to Go
10. Long Ago
11. Bye Bye St. Louis
12. Room and Board
13. What’s on Your Mind?
14. Let Her Go
15. I Regret
16. Every Once in a While
17. Going Back Home

Total time:


3:16
4:13
3:18
3:16
3:42
2:57
3:19
4:38
4:15
4:32
2:46
3:39
5:19
3:10
4:19
3:38
3:18

65:12

 
 

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 more.

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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