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Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, on Vinyl / CD – Coming out in August

The Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 is celebrating a 50th anniversary celebration.  The festival line up included such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House. Along with Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins. And lastly, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more.  What was once thought to be lost recordings, was found and restored.

The Story Behind These Recordings

The historic gathering was presented by a group of blues-obsessed University of Michigan students determined to give their blues heroes a public spotlight. It was done so they might shine before it was too late. Among those enterprising student-promoters was John Fishel, whose teenage brother Jim Fishel and some friends, helped to record the festival as a personal memento.

Taking advantage of their all-access pass and juggling a small Norelco tape recorder from set to set. The friends let the 1⁄4” tape roll. Though field recordings in the literal sense of the term, they capture the brilliance of the musicians.  Which included the excitement of the crowd and the loose, convivial nature of the entire festival. 

Third Man Records Set To Release Landmark Concert 

Third Man Records announces the release of Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, a 50th anniversary celebration.  Collecting 24 previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more.  Both volumes include never-before-seen photographs, artist biographies, an exclusive reminiscence from Jim Fishel, and extensive liner notes by Parker Fishel, Sophie Abramowitz and David Beal.

An Added Bonus 

To celebrate the forthcoming compilation, Third Man Records is proud to present two previously unheard performances on the world’s first Mississippi Fred McDowell 78 RPM record. Though the mesmerizing blues singer and guitarist was from the generation of country blues musicians celebrated for their classic 78 RPM recordings, the world didn’t discover McDowell’s talents until later on. This extremely limited, promo-only release, featuring McDowell’s signature song (“Shake ‘em on Down”) and a rare collaboration with Big Mama Thornton (“My Heavy Load”), is available while supplies last as a free gift with pre-order of the CD or LP via thirdmanstore.com OR first come first served to Third Man Records wholesale partners.

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 – Volume 1

Track list

1 Dirty Mother for You – Roosevelt Sykes
2 So Glad You’re Mine – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
3 Too Much Alcohol – J.B. Hutto & His Hawks
4 I Wonder Why – Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins
5 Help Me (A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson) – Junior Wells
6 I’ve Got a Mind to Give Up Living – B.B. King with Sonny Freeman and the Unusuals
7 John Henry – Mississippi Fred McDowell
8 Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie – Pinetop Perkins
9 Introduction – Big Bill Hill
10 Everybody Must Suffer/Stone Crazy – Luther Allison and the Blue Nebulae
11 Tu m’as promis l’amour (You Promised Me Love) – Clifton Chenier
12 Hard Luck – The Original Howlin’ Wolf and His Orchestra
13 So Many Roads, So Many Trains – Otis Rush

Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 – Volume 2

Track list

1 Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters
2 Movin’ and Groovin’ – Charlie Musselwhite
3 I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) – Magic Sam
4 Jelly Jelly Blues – Shirley Griffith
5 Mojo Boogie – Big Mojo Elem
6 Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad) – T-Bone Walker
7 Announcements – Big Bill Hill
8 Ball and Chain – Big Mama Thornton and the Hound Doggers
9 Juanita – Big Joe Williams
10 Key to the Highway – Sam Lay
11 Mojo Hand – Lightnin’ Hopkins
12 Off the Wall – James Cotton Blues Band
13 Death Letter Blues – Son House

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