Friday, June 8, 2007
Gettin' Craggy Wit' It
Not very much information known about this one-man band from West Virginia. Blind Joe Hill played in the Akron, Ohio area quite a bit throughout the 1970s and was considered to be one of the last performers of the one-man band "style." He even played a gig in the DDR in Berlin in the mid-1980s.
He's been described as craggy in his singing style and that his compositions are erratic. To a country blues fan who isn't obssessed with the modern-day polished sound, this is a very pleasing aesthetic. Traditionally, blues performers have led a rough and tumble lifestyle and this sound is part of the essence of that lifestyle. If you like the sound of modern-day recording technology or consider yourself to be a fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan, you will find that this album will differ from what you're accustomed to hearing. A great deal of what passes for blues today is nothing but watered down crap.
Listen to the almost impossible to find record here.