Mississippi John Hurt, 'The Immortal'
Of all the rediscovered bluesmen of the folk revival,
Mississippi John Hurt was the least diminished by age because he was so
unassuming to begin with. Having first recorded at 35 in 1928, he was
73 when he cut this posthumously released collection, which
showcases his intricately unflashy fingerpicking, begins and ends with hymns
and reprises both his moral take on "Stagolee" and his own
fashion-conscious "Richland Woman Blues": "With rosy-red
garters/Pink hose on my feet/Turkey-red bloomers/With a rumble seat."