Label: Folkways Records.
Release Date: 1959.
Releases: 1960 (Folkways Records), 1971 (XTRA), 2007 (Folkways Records), 2012 (Smithsonian Records), 2014 (DOL).
Recording Date: February 18, 1959 - October 3, 1959.
Styles: Acoustic Blues, Acoustic Memphis Blues, Blues Revival, Piedmont Blues, Regional Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues, Songster.
Recorded in 1959 in Memphis by Samuel Charters, this is excellent southern rural blues, and shows how Lewis could play numerous styles. Here he plays bottleneck on four tracks, a pocket knife between his fingers on one, and different finger-picking styles on the others. It also contains two spoken word tracks where Lewis briefly discusses his early recording sessions, how he made his bottlenecks, and his experiences traveling with medicine shows. Highly recommended.
by Drew Fields
Notes: Includes booklet with liner notes and discography.
All titles recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, , except track 7, recorded in Memphis on February 18, 1959.
This version issued in a turquoise cover, with a copyright notice on the rear.
Catalog number FS 3823 on cover, FA 3823 on disc labels and booklet.
Copyright © 1959 by Folkways Records & Serv. Corp.
Credits: Samuel B. Charters - recorded by, edited by, producer, liner notes, photography by (booklet); Ronald Clyne - design (cover); A.R. Danberg - photography by, technician (technical assistance); Walter "Furry" Lewis - composer, guitar, primary artist, vocals; Traditional - composer; F.A. Usher Jr. - photography by (booklet).
Tracks: 1) Longing Blues; 2) John Henry; 3) I Will Turn Your Money Green; 4) Early Recording Career; 5) Pearlee Blues; 6) Judge Boushay Blues; 7) I'm Going to Brownsville; 8) The Medicine Shows; 9) Casey Jones; 10) East St. Louis Blues.