There are a handful of landmark albums in any genre. In the blues, one of them is Muddy Waters' Folk Singer. Originally released in 1964, Folk Singer was the only acoustic album Waters ever recorded, thus becoming the first and perhaps best blues concept album ever. Muddy of course started out playing acoustic blues in the Delta, and he's clearly very comfortable in this return to his roots, which was designed to appeal to the mid-1960s surge of interest in folk music.
Folk Singer represents a departure from the electric 'urban' blues sound that Muddy Waters pioneered. This all-acoustic collection of recordings illustrates his deep-rooted rural blues influences, reminiscent of the sides he made nearly twenty-five years prior in Mississippi. This release features McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) on vocals and guitar, supported by a very young Buddy Guy on guitar, blues legend Willie Dixon on upright bass and Clifton James on occasional drums.
This recording has enormous presence with ample room for Muddy's booming voice to resonate.
"Worried that the folk-music fad was luring listeners away from the blues, Chess Records directed Waters to record with acoustic instruments. These sessions — by Waters, Willie Dixon and a young Buddy Guy — went astonishingly well, and this pioneering "unplugged" set is beloved by blues and folk fans alike." - www.rollingstone.com
Features: • Mastered by Kevin Gray! • Includes Two Bonus Tracks! • Stereo SACD • This Hybrid SACD is playable on ALL CD Players!
Selections: 1. My Home Is in the Delta 2. Long Distance 3. My Captain 4. Good Morning School Girl 5. You Gonna Need My Help 6. Cold Weather Blues 7. Big Leg Woman 8. Country Boy 9. Feel Like Going Home Bonus Tracks: 10. The Same Thing 11. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
Recorded September 1963 at Ter Mar Recording Studios.