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Woodrow Adams Raw Delta – Memphis Blues

Woodrow Adams Raw Delta – Memphis Blues

As much as we all want to, we’d like to understand the blues, the myths and the unknown. About some artist we can tell a lot, others stay unknown. What all the musicians on this website have in common is talent and the blues. From Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago Woodrow Adams didn’t get the fame he deserved. He lived close to Howlin’ Wolf in the forties but his neighbour made national fame Woodrow didn’t. Nevertheless Woodrow Adams was a great bluesman.

Woodrow Adams blues Songs

His best songs are available to listen here. Listen to ‘Last Time’ and  ‘Train Time’ in particular. Adams is a Delta and Memphis style Bluesman, comparable to Joe Hill Louis, which whom he played with. His perfect harmonica style is comparable to Slim Harpo and Little Walter.

Woodrow Adams is raw blues, the origins lie in the deep Mississippi Delta. Bluesmen like Son House where of the same type. Later on this style of music was popularized, but when Woodrow played that kind of thing he didn´t had a lot of national success. Nevertheless  he was a well known figure in the local juke joints of Mississippi.

Woodrow Adams and Howlin´ Wolf

Tunica_County_MS_sign (Wiki commons phot Thomas R Machnitzki)
Tunica_County_MS_sign (Wiki commons photo Thomas R Machnitzki)

Woodrow Adams lived in Robinsville Mississippi during the forties, Howlin’ Wolf lived close by, the two jammed on the blues together, went probably to the juke joints and drank beer or moonshine . That is how I imagine it. Adams learned his harmonica and guitar style from Howlin’ Wolf.  Later on they went to Memphis. Wolf made several recordings with Sam Phillips. Adams did too. The recording session of Adams and Phillips was released on Checker record. Unfortunately it didn’t had a lot of commercial success.

In 1955 Woodrow had more success, he recorded for the Bihari Brothers, who had a successful record label: Modern Records since 1945, since Hadda Brooks recorded “Swingin’ the Boogie.  The Bihari brothers launched more labels and therefore the oldest brother Lester went to Memphis to lead Meteor Record. Adams recoded a single for the label and it sold a little here and there.

Woodrow Adams was named after the 28th president of the United States Woodrow Wilson.

Woodrow Adams The Last Time


Woodrow Adams: Something On My Mind

Woodrow Adams How Long (1967)

Woodrow Adams: Sad and Blue

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