Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell

By Michael Gray

By the time he died in 1959, Blind Willie McTell used to be virtually forgotten. He had by no means had successful list, and his days of enjoying on highway corners for spare swap have been gone. yet this masterful guitarist and beautiful singer has considering that turn into probably the most enjoyed musicians of the prewar interval, spurring Bob Dylan to jot down, “Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.” Now this richly evocative and wide-ranging biography illuminates for the 1st time the realm of this elusive and engaging determine, a blind guy who made gentle of his incapacity and a performer who exploded each stereotype approximately blues musicians.


Traveling the again roads of Georgia, interviewing relations and associates, and digging up attention-grabbing archival fabric, writer Michael grey weaves jointly his discoveries to bare an articulate and inventive musician with a modest profession yet a mile-wide self reliant streak. even if promoting top quality selfmade bootleg whisky out of a suitcase, bragging approximately crowds of ladies chasing him, or pain a stroke whereas consuming barbeque less than a tree, McTell emerges from this publication a contented, outgoing, enticing individualist with probably unlimited self-confidence.


This relocating odyssey right into a misplaced international of black song and white energy is usually an remarkable portrait of the tradition, language, and panorama of the deep South--the violence, the leisurely speed of life--and of the blues preservationists who ventured into its middle. a protracted, considerate stare into the area of Blind Willie McTell, Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes is certain to discover a spot one of the classics of yankee song history.


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