This compilation offers a good cross-section of the many talented Blues artists who created the Country Blues sound on Old Town Records. There are ten tracks from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, two of the genre's most important pioneers and one of its longest-lasting partnerships.
Old Town isn't a label most folks think of when classic blues recordings come to mind. But for a brief period in the 1950s, this R&B-oriented label released some pretty potent discs, and the best are collected here. Featuring wild performances by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (who cover ten of the 25 tracks aboard), the set also includes super-rare sides from Willie Dixon, James Wayne, Little Willie, and Bob Gaddy. New York blues isn't all that well documented, so this set is a most welcome addition to blues history. ~ Cub Koda