"My fellow co-founder of Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival, Bubba O'Keefe, is fond of Mississippi Fred. O'Keefe's father used to own a Stuckey's over in Como where McDowell pumped gas when not playing blues. At the time, nobody at the Stuckey's had any idea how famous and influential the bluesman was... till The Rolling Stones covered one of his songs." - Roger Stolle (Cat Head)
As Ron Wynn wrote for AllMusic, “Fred McDowell played simple, haunting blues with vivid, demonstrative passion and power.” This is music that owes nothing to artifice, but simply makes its impact through the total honesty of the performer. Of all the blues singers of the older school who have been discovered or rediscovered in recent years, McDowell may well be the most impressive, and this LP affords ample proof of his stature. “Mississippi Delta Blues” was recorded in Como, Mississippi, late in 1965, by producer Alan Bates. The LP was originally issued by Bate’s Black Lion label in 1965. It has now been remastered by Infrasonic Mastering, and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.
A1 Some Day Baby
A2 Milk Cow Blues
A3 The Train Ride
A4 Over The Hill
B1 Goin’ Down To The River
B2 I Wished I Were In Heaven Sitting Down