by: Mississippi John Hurt

This collection includes 18 of the 21 songs Mississippi John Hurt did at a concert in 1965 at Oberlin College in Ohio, a scant two years after his rediscovery in 1963, and a year before his death in 1966. Hurt was remarkably consistent as a performer, whether you listen to his famous 1920s OKeh tracks, his rediscovery studio work for Vanguard Records, or the handful of live shows like this one: the skill and delivery is always steady, professional, and charming. Among the highlights in this set is his intricate and atmospheric slide guitar work on "Talking Casey," one of the few times Hurt abandoned his trademark three-finger guitar picking style. There are several releases floating around out there that feature this same show, and it probably doesn't matter much which one you pick up, provided you get the 1920s stuff first. ~ Steve Leggett

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