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Sam McGee - Grand Dad Of The Country Guitar Pickers

CAT. #: 9009

Price: $10.00

CD 9009

Sam McGee was one of the first members of the Grand Ole Opry in the mid 1920s and was still a regular performer in 1974 when the program moved to Opryland. His recording career began in 1926 when he accompanied banjoist-singer-comic Uncle Dave Macon on 5 selections. Sam went on to make fine recordings on his own which so far remain largely un-re-issued. He was heavily influenced by African-American blues guitar players as this recording presents ample evidence. The recordings on this CD were produced in 1969 and 1970 by Mike Seeger with Goldie Stewart on bass and Clifton McGee on second guitar. The CD contains all of Arhoolie LP 5012 plus two (the last two) previously unissued selections.

1. Sam Mcgee Stomp
2. Fuller Blues
4. Dew Drop
5. Jesse James
6. Ching Chong
7. Blackberry Blossom
8. Wheels
9. How Great Thou Art
10. When The Wagon Was New
11. Franklin Blues
12. Penitentiary Blues
13. Burglar Bold
13. Pig Ankle Rag
14. Railroad Blues
15. Buckdancer's Choice
16. Black Mountain Rag
17. Wayfaring Stranger


“... it is essentially a McGee showcase ‚ he plays guitar, banjo and banjo-guitar, all in a most accomplished fashion.... Apart from re-recording his earlier solos, Sam demonstrates how well he performed in so many differing styles ‚ sentimental songs, waltzes, blues, ballads and even more up-to-date numbers like the sixties instrumental hit, 'Wheels' all get exemplary treatment.... the performances here are impressively skillful, thoroughly listenable and joyously entertaining.”

(Pat Harrison — Blues & Rhythm)