Monday, August 2, 2010

Various Artists - Rural Blues: Sacred Tradition 1927-1930

Ben emailed me the conversions of this rare gem a while back and I've been waiting for him to do a little write up on it, but this record is too good to not post. Haven't been able to find much info on this record except that it was released on Herwin and looks to be ultra-rare/expensive. There are a total of 16 tracks here from three different artists: Mother McCollum, Eddie Head and Family, and Edward W. Clayborn, The Guitar Evangelist. These songs definitely have some powerful gospel driving them. Mother McCollum's "Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane" is an awesome declaration of her faith. There's also great versions of "Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!" and "I Shall Not Be Moved" on here. The recording is a bit grainy at times but I imagine that's due partly (or mostly) to the way the original songs sounded when they were put together for this comp. Thanks again to Ben for converting this to the digital realm. If you liked This Old World Is In A Hell of a Fix then you're gonna love this.


  1. Srry for not writing this up. I had my last final on Thursday and I went to write it today and lo and behold you had already did it. Here is a link to a site that has the discographies of several blues revival labels like Herwin and Yazoo: Did you see that Mississippi released 5 lps of Alan Lomax field recordings commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Southern Journey?!!!

  2. thanks for this; those old Herwin recordings are really rare. Great stuff!