Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HAD ’EM TOO

Blind Willie McTell’s most well-known song is probably familiar to many music fans with even a passing interest in the blues, but I was recently reminded of how new and out of context “Statesboro Blues” sounded the first time I heard it on the album The Country Blues which Folkways issued as kind of an aural appendix to Sam Charters’ book of the same name. This flashback arrived courtesy of Aki Kaurismäki’s 2011 movie Le HavreIn it the character Idrissa, a young African refugee, plays it on the ancient record player in the house of Marcel Marx, who is trying to help Idrissa avoid deportation. Via this “new” setting, I heard it with fresh ears and was happy to rediscover a great song I had taken for granted for decades.



Blind Willie McTell • Statesboro Blues • 1928


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