Photographer's Note

This is a shot of the guitarist of the Memphis Blues Masters, a fixture at 'Mr. Handy's Blues Hall' on Beale. We stopped in there for a couple songs, and were impressed - classic blues, smooth musicianship, and the best crowd we'd seen all week; it was crowded, but giving the band their due.

We ended up leaving after only a couple of songs - not because the band wasn't good, but because it was a pretty smoky bar, which isn't the best of things for my pregnant wife. So I reluctantly left the bar, but I'm glad I got at least one solid shot of the guitarist, eyes closed, making his way through a song on his gorgeous Les Paul guitar. I couldn't decide on color or B&W for this one, so I've posted the B&W version to workshop - let me know what you think.

Because we had to leave early - and because I want an excuse to play this track - here's 'Baby Please Don't Go', one of the most famous and oft-recorded blues songs out there. This version - complete with extended intro explaining slide guitar by one of its greatest performers, Mississippi Fred McDowell - is my favorite of those I've heard. McDowell has a beautiful slide style, and frequently - as he says in the intro - let's the guitar sing it for him, dropping words or whole phrases from the vocals and filling it with a slide guitar bit. It's a great effect, but it makes it impossible to print the lyrics as McDowell sings it, so I won't this time. Click the link to hear the song at Grooveshark.

"Baby Please Don't Go", Mississippi Fred McDowell

Larger version at Flickr, here
B&W version at Flickr, here

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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