You have a half hour. This is from a BBC concert. It includes just one song that I featured earlier in the week — and how could it not feature that one. Clearly, it is Terry who is the extroverted of the two. And he has a stage presence that is exactly what you would expect from a lifetime of working in front of folk audiences. Part of it is just that McGhee is an amazing guitarist. Another part is that Terry manages to move back and forth from singing and playing without missing a beat — literally!
McGhee spent much of his youth immersed in music, singing with a local harmony group, the Golden Voices Gospel Quartet, and teaching himself to play guitar. He also played the five-string banjo and ukulele and studied piano. At age 22, McGhee became a traveling musician, working in the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and befriending Blind Boy Fuller , whose guitar playing influenced him greatly.
After Fuller's death in , J. They recorded and toured together until around Pawn Shop Blues. Robert Ellen. Worried Man Blues. Leavin' Blues. Going Down Slow. Watch Out Peter Green. Train Whistle Blues Sonny Terry. All Alone Blues Sonny Terry.
I'm Gonna Rock Ralph Willis. Whoopin' the Blues Sonny Terry. Shake Down Brownie McGhee. Their Piedmont style Blues has a very different feel to Delta Blues and its effect on modern music has a very different genesis to the route through Chicago that gave us Blues-rock. New York was the focal point for this genre to spread to the world and when this process was getting started, nobody was busier in the studio, on stage and on tour than Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
Their double-act took them to worldwide fame but they started and ended their careers as solo artists. His father played the harp, mainly jigs and reels at family parties, and he taught his son the rudiments of the instrument so he could at least earn a little money.
In , the young Sonny was busking on street-corners in nearby Durham when he met and befriended guitarist Blind Boy Fuller. They played together nearly every day and Sonny was soon persuaded to move to Durham. Blues and Folk. Blues Is My Companion. Work Songs Play Songs. Down Home Blues. Sharp Records. The Sound of America. Blues All Round My Head. Bluesville Records. Original Blues Classics. Blues in My Soul. Get Together. Guitar Highway.
Sonny Is King. At the Bunkhouse.
Sony Music Album). Terry played Campdown Races to the plow horses which improved the efficiency of farming in the area. It seems like someone may have had the idea of creating something like an African American Hee Haw. They played together nearly every day and Sonny was soon persuaded to move to Durham. In Terry was invited to play at Carnegie Hall for the first From Night And Day - Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry* - A Long Way From Home (Vinyl to Swing concert and later that year he recorded for the Library of Congress. Brownie's uncle made him a guitar from a tin marshmallow box and a piece of board. Le Chant du Monde. Even the classics that they do are not widely known — at least to me. Tell Me Why.
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