Music By Brownie McGhee Blues Blog
Something is better than nothing. Doin’ anything for a man, there’s investments involved, there’s time and production. It’s better to give him ten bucks and get a record out than to never record the cat.
– Brownie McGhee –
Smithsonian about Brownie McGhee
Brownie McGhee was a natural bluesplayer. a gifted musician and songwriter. His musical career started at age 22, Brownie played as a travaling musician alongside Blind Boy Fuller. After Fullers death McGhee met Sonny Terry with whom he would make multiply albums.
There are different opinions about the Blues, and the Question What is the Blues? What the blues is evil like Howlin’ Wolf once said, a feeling like many others would say. It is art, poetry and the Smithsonian Intitute wrote a great article about it:
Poetry is a captured art, its freedom confined to the· meter, the rhythm, the cadence and the rhyme, and blues are often poetry and may be printed as .uch. But blues to be sung are always an as yet unwritten poetry.
“I worked for five or six years on a farm out
near Kingsport. My uncle John Evans raised
corn, tobacco, watermelon, hogs .•. There
were country parties like Quiltin’s and Corn
Shuckin’s. Someone might say, —
‘We’re gonna have a Chitlin’ Strut tonight •. !”
– Brownie McGhee