Monday, March 6, 2017

Robert Curtis Smith - Clarksdale Blues


Clarksdale Blues, the 1961 Prestige/Bluesville album by the obscure Robert Curtis Smith, is one of the finest blues albums ever made, despite its being so little known. Smith was a highly talented guitarist and singer with an individual style, but this was his only album, and his only other issued records are a 45 RPM single and a few tracks on blues collections.

When Smith died in 2010, I wrote about him elsewhere on the internet. Rather than repeat myself any further, I'll post the link here.

Here's his "Council Spur Blues," in which he calls out the owner and the foreman of the plantation where he lived and worked - a brave gesture indeed for 1961.


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