This would be his last recording session with his occasional partner Curley Weaver. Ironically, despite a prolific career of recording under a variety of aliases for any recording scout in town, Blind Willie McTell had to be persuaded to record his last session.
After Ed Rhodes, an Atlanta record store owner, played a Leadbelly record for a foreign student, the student returned and informed him that a man down the street was singing in a style similar to Leadbelly's.
Rhodes, who owned some recording equipment, approached McTell about recording a session. At first, Willie refused, but dropped by Mr. Rhodes's store occasionally over the next few weeks. McTell finally relented, and provided Mr.
Rhodes with a reprise of material he'd performed over his lifetime, interspersed with anecdotes about his life and music. The tapes were kept in his store's attic unreleased for a few years. One day while cleaning the attic, well after he had sold his recording equipment, all the tapes Mr. Rhodes made were lying in a trash can. Around , according to Kate McTell's interview, Blind Willie McTell quit singing the blues and became a preacher, singing only spirituals, "He knew he was getting on in age.
He said he felt like he was coming to the end of his journey, he was coming back to God". Like many classic blues singers, little was known about Blind Willie McTell's life, until blues enthusiast David Evans tracked down Willie's wife, Kate, for a three-part interview published by Blues Unlimited magazine in This has ensured that details about McTell and many of the musicians he'd known are available for future generations.
Blind Willie McTell did not live to be "rediscovered" during the early 's folk-blues revival. However, he did leave behind a durable body of work that has been appreciated by many blues and rock fans; his song "Statesboro Blues" was exposed to millions via a cover versions by Taj Mahal and the Allman Brothers Band. For listeners who crave the original recordings, most of his work is back in print. It's crushing to think of what he could have done with the hooky potential of a track like opener 'Baby It Must Be Love'.
You put that tune in the hands of say Neil Young and he would have put that hook out of the ball park and the song would have gone on to live forever. However with Blind Willie's version it sounds almost like a man in a rush to belt through a few numbers and get on home from the studio and as such the hook line is completely neglected. At that time he had some rag time soul and the tunes sounded less like impersonal traditional standards as they do here, and more like pieces of work coming from deep in the gut of a man who had something truly original to say.
However that's where the buck stops really. There are no individual tracks that really force their way into memorable territory, and this along with McTell's somewhat complacent sounding approach to the recording session, stands to place 'Last Session' low on the ladder when compared to much of his brilliant and influential earlier work.
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