Monday, August 18, 2014

IF I COULD NOT SAY A WORD

“This 1970 live Memphis recording caused considerable excitement amongst both blues and gospel collectors, and was described at the time as a vocal in the Son House tradition with a delta style guitar. It was assumed that Townsend was the guitarist but during the summer of 1971 he was tracked down working as a mechanic in Independence by Bengt Olsson who discovered that the guitarist was a Johnnie Mays. Bengt Olsson and friends were doing a series of field recordings around Memphis, many of which were issued on an early Flyright album, Southern Comfort Country (FLY 501), including a further Townsend track.” —Bob Laughton, notes to God’s Mighty Hand: Gospel Evangelists (Heritage, 1992)



Joe Townsend • If I Could Not Say a Word • 1970



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2 comments:

  1. Wonderful blues/gospel post, Frank! Certainly would never have guessed that it was recorded in 1970.

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    1. Really. To hear something like this as a contemporary performance in the 70s (as opposed to a rediscovered artist from the 30s) must have been something to experience live. It certainly packs a wallop today. Thanks for digging. . . .

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