Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Charlie Patton 'Green River Blues'

As I've said before, Charlie Patton is, in my opinion, the most influential artist of the 20th century - he basically invented everything that makes your record collection NOT like the records that you find in charity shops. Anyway this is one of his best and has a strong case for being the oldest documented blues song - possibly the song heard by W C Handy when he 'discovered' blues music back in the day. Read about it and read transcriptions and analysis of the lyrics here