Category Archives: Blues

Blind Willie McTell – Atlanta 12-String

Some people call him the greatest bluesman of all time. I don’t think that’s true, at least not so long as Son House and Skip James are still riding the great greyhound bus in the sky. But coming in closely … Continue reading

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John Jackson – Rappahannock Blues

I haven’t really posted much of anything lately, owing to the fact that I now have two jobs and little time for philanthropiracy… so I also neglected to post this news which is now a month late, about a newly-released … Continue reading

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‘Spider’ John Koerner – Spider Blues

Well it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything blues- or jug-band-related, so I thought I’d reward the patience of my blues-loving readers and post this rarity. The most striking thing about this record, to me, is how it just feels … Continue reading

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Debashish & Bob Brozman – Sunrise

Well, folks, it’s that time again. I’m heading off to travel around the misty isles of Britain and Ireland again, so don’t expect any more posts for a while. But I thought I’d leave you with this special treat to … Continue reading

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Sounds of the South, recorded by Alan Lomax

Well I seem to be on a roll of 4-cd box sets featuring expired musicians from the roots of the great tree of American music. I see no reason to reverse that trend now… and in fact this is one … Continue reading

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Blind Lemon Jefferson – Classic Sides

Time for another revenant – a standby of the Old Weird America: Blind Lemon Jefferson. The man who practically defined the sound of ‘One crazy guy with a guitar, belting his lungs out and playing things that no respectable white … Continue reading

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Where the Blues Rears its Ugly Beautiful Head

All you patient and salient country-blues-lovers, I know I’ve been neglecting you of late to focus on crazy fiddlers and africans and banjoizzards and such. Do not despair, I’ll get back to posting more crazed, semi-intelligible git-box-banging grit-moaners before long, … Continue reading

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The Dough Rollers

Hello Pirate, First off, let me just say what huge fans we are of your blog, Wrath of the Grapevine. You have a great taste in and knowledge of music and you do an incredible job sharing these things. I … Continue reading

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Rev. Gary Davis – Live at Gerde’s Folk City

Sussex has passed along this amazing set from Poke. It’s hot off the presses, only 47 years old… and definitely worth the wait. Through the three discs of this set, spanning several nights of live performance, replete with in-between-song banter, … Continue reading

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Jack Owens

Bentonia Blues. Bentonia, MS 1993 A black cat stares out from the front porch of blues singer Jack Owens as he plays his dark and haunting blues with harmonica accompanist Bud Spires. Owens, whose canon of songs comes from the … Continue reading

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