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Mississippi Fred McDowell

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning

(Traditional) Summer 1959 Atlantic LP 1346

Musicologist Alan Lomax roamed the back roads of the South during the early 1940s, discovering and recording Mississippi bluesmen Muddy Waters and David 'Honeyboy' Edwards for the Library of Congress (see the first disc of this set). Lomax hit the road anew in 1959, this time on behalf of Atlantic Records. Portable recording equipment had come a long way. The mammoth disc recorder Lomax once hauled had been replaced by a stereo reel-to-reel tape rig.

 

Lomax came across a slide guitarist in Como, Mississippi that was easily the equal of his prior discoveries: Mississippi Fred McDowell. That nickname was a bit of a misnomer; McDowell was born in Rossville, Tennessee on January 12 of either 1904 or '05 (he wasn't sure which). His uncle Gene Shields taught him how to play slide with a beef rib bone when Fred was just a lad (he eventually used the neck off a Gordon's gin bottle). Local musicians Raymond Payne and Vandy McKenna showed him some licks. McDowell finally corralled his own guitar in 1940, when he moved to Como after some years in Memphis. He wed Annie Mae Collins in Como (she would be his frequent duet partner on the religious pieces that constituted a good portion of his repertoire) and played local dances but mostly farmed.

 

Then Lomax rolled into Como during the late summer of 1959 and changed Fred's life forever. During a lengthy field session at McDowell's domicile, the guitarist laid everything he had on tape for the folklorist, including the haunting, slide-soaked Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning, which had been recorded in December of '28 by slide master Blind Willie Johnson. Atlantic included several of Fred's debut tracks on a series of Lomax-produced albums in late 1960, introducing a new blues giant born over half a decade prior to Robert Johnson.

 

By 1962, other researchers were finding their way to McDowell's door. Testament Records owner Pete Welding and Arhoolie label boss Chris Strachwitz issued a series of excellent McDowell LPs over the next few years. Fred played the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, his pungent slide proving very influential to a young Bonnie Raitt. He was convinced to go electric in 1969 for a set waxed at Malaco Studios in Jackson, Miss. ironically titled 'I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll.' The Rolling Stones covered McDowell's You Gotta Move on their 'Sticky Fingers' LP in 1971. But the slide specialist didn't have long to enjoy the royalties he'd share with Rev. Gary Davis; stricken with cancer, he died July 3, 1972. Stardom came uncommonly late to McDowell, but he wore it magnificently.

                                                                                        --Bill Dahl

 

BCD 17229 Verschiedene Interpreten - Acoustic Blues Vol.1 (1923 - 1939)
BCD 17230 Verschiedene Interpreten - Acoustic Blues Vol.2 (1941 - 1959)
BCD 17231 Verschiedene Interpreten - Acoustic Blues Vol.3 (1960 - 1979)
BCD 17232 Verschiedene Interpreten - Acoustic Blues Vol.4 (1980 - 2012)

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Shake 'Em On Down (CD)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Shake 'Em On Down (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTMT2066

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Superb recordings featuring one of the latest of the great Mississippi bluesmen. A couple of years prior to this session, McDowell had traded his acoustic guitar for an electric one. MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL voc/electric bottleneck gtr,...
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Mama Says I'm Crazy
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Mama Says I'm Crazy Art-Nr.: 803641

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(1967) Fat Possum Limited edition 180 gram vinyl LP
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I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll (2-CD)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD339192

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Three sides remained unreleased until now. Great downhome session recorded in Mississippi. His rediscovery during the '60s blues revival is regarded as a highlight of the genre. He influenced Burnside, Kimbrough, a. o. FRED McDOWELL -...
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Mama Says I'm Crazy
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Mama Says I'm Crazy Art-Nr.: CD803642

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original recordings, only partly released a while go on a small British label. These sessions are amongst the very best that ever took place in Northern Mississippi. This blues is non-commercial, it's raw and wild. McDowell possessed an...
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Good Morning Little School Girl
Mississippi Fred Mcdowell: Good Morning Little School Girl Art-Nr.: CDARH424

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(1964/65 'Arhoolie') (77:12/22)
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This Ain't No Rock'n'Roll
McDOWELL, Mississippi Fred: This Ain't No Rock'n'Roll Art-Nr.: CDARH441

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(1968/69 'Arhoolie') (76:53/18) MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL - electric gtr/voc. Der erste Teil der Aufnahmen stammt von der LP Arhoolie 1046, zehn weitere Titel waren bislang unveröffentlicht / part one is taken from an Arhoolie LP; ten...
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The Best Of
McDOWELL, Mississippi Fred: The Best Of Art-Nr.: CDARH501

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(1964-69 'Arhoolie') (62:57/18) * = previously unreleased live medley recorded at the 'University Of California, Berkeley Folk Festival' 1965.
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Come And Found You Gone
McDOWELL, Mississippi Fred: Come And Found You Gone Art-Nr.: CDDDCD001

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Mississippi Fred McDowell must be regarded the father of the Mississippi North Hill blues. He inspired and influenced R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and even Luther Dickinson (who wrote part of the liner notes) and his North...
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Shake 'Em On Down
McDOWELL, Mississippi Fred: Shake 'Em On Down Art-Nr.: CDFP1149

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Superb recordings featuring one of the latest of the great Mississippi bluesmen. A couple of years prior to this session, McDowell had traded his acoustic guitar for an electric one. MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL - voc/electric bottleneck...
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Down Home Blues 1959
McDOWELL, Mississippi Fred: Down Home Blues 1959 Art-Nr.: CDJSP4227

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(1959) (153:22/46)
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Delta Blues
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Delta Blues Art-Nr.: LPARH1021

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(1964 'Arhoolie') Contains download card.
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Vol.2
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Vol.2 Art-Nr.: LPARH1027

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(1964/65 'Arhoolie') Sumo Contains a download card!!!!
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I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll
Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll Art-Nr.: ST409

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(1969 'Capitol') Pure Pleasure
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Amazing Grace - My Home Is In The Delta (2-CD)
Mississippi Fred Mcdowell: Amazing Grace - My Home Is In The Delta (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDFLOAT6187

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(1963/64&1966 'Testament') (93:29/33)
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My Home Is In The Delta (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: My Home Is In The Delta (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPSP1025

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(2013/Sutro Park) 13 tracks. Recorded Nov. 24, 1963 and Febr. 24, 1964.
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I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPFMWB228

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(2013/Four Men With Beards) 9 tracks. This 1969 release by the legendary Mississippi Fred McDowell was his first to feature him playing the electric guitar. Although it was somewhat controversial at the time it is now considered a...
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I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll
Mississippi Fred Mcdowell: I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll Art-Nr.: CDWTR257

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​2013 'Water' 9 tracks. Originally released in 1970
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Lord Have Mercy
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Lord Have Mercy Art-Nr.: LPDOL1505

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(2014/Dolchess) 17 tracks. 1959
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Live 1971
Mississippi Fred Mcdowell: Live 1971 Art-Nr.: CDRB3296

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(2015/Rockbeat) 19 tracks.
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Delta Blues (LP)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Delta Blues (LP) Art-Nr.: LPAHL10211

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(2015/City Hall) 13 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1964 'Arhoolie' album on blue vinyl, limited to 500 copies, including a free download code!
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Vol.2 (LP, Ltd.Edition)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Vol.2 (LP, Ltd.Edition) Art-Nr.: LPAHL1027

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(2016/Arhoolie) 12 tracks. Fred McDowell's Vol. 2, originally released on Arhoolie in 1966 is one of the finest recorded examples of the Hill Country Blues style. With a distinctive and hypnotic guitar style McDowell powers through 12...
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Live In NYC (2-CD)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Live In NYC (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSB79062

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(2016/Sunset BLVD) 22 tracks.
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Amazing Grace (LP. Ltd, Gold Vinyl)
Mississippi Fred McDowell: Amazing Grace (LP. Ltd, Gold Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPSP1015

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(2015/Sutro Park) 16 tracks.
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