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Big Bill Broonzy was born William Lee Conley Broonzy in the tiny town of Scott, Mississippi, just across the river from Arkansas. During his childhood, Broonzy's family -- itinerant sharecroppers and the descendants of ex-slaves -- moved to Pine Bluff to work the fields there. Broonzy learned to play a cigar box fiddle from his uncle, and as a teenager, he played violin in local churches, ... Read more in Amazon's Big Bill Broonzy Store

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B000047872
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mississippi-born blues singer and guitarist William Lee Conley Broonzy had two fairly distinct careers, each of them triumphant and influential. In the 1930s, he brought the rural blues of his Delta homeland to Chicago and added elements of jazz and hokum to create a more sophisticated, urbane, exciting style, essentially helping to pave the way for the Chicago blues sound. By the 1950s, when the electric Chicago sound he helped foster began to blossom, Broonzy had all but left that style behind. Instead, he began to perform traditional folk songs (and the occasional topical original) with only his voice and acoustic guitar and he became a key figure in the burgeoning folk boom. This highly appealing set comes from the latter period and finds him to be a scintillating and smooth vocalist, one capable of generating great emotion without losing his polish. His guitar work is subtly brilliant as well, a silky blend of single-note runs, forceful bends, tricky double stops, and articulate chords. It all comes together in effortless, unassuming fashion. --Marc Greilsamer

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blues Bro VINE VOICE on March 8, 2002
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I preferBig Bill's acoustic work over his electric work. This is a collection of acoustic songs from the last years of his life. He sings blues, folk, protest songs, gospel...all of that in this great collection. Extensive liner notes and the printed lyrics and notes for every song makes this CD a true gem. Includes some live recordings as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on April 26, 2001
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Smithsonian Folkways did a great job capturing the essence of Big Bill Broonzy's sound. I've heard other albums and this is my favorite. The music is taken at the latter half of his career and establishes Broonzy as a master of the country blues/folk sound. A great album any blues fan should own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on November 21, 2008
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I am in the process of reading and re-reading many of the books of oral history interviews collected by the recently departed Studs Terkel. As part of that process I have read his last work (published in 2007), a memoir of sorts but really a series of connected vignettes, that goes a long way to putting the pieces of Studs' eclectic life together. A fact that I did not know is that Studs' had radio and television music shows in the Chicago of the 1950's. On one of those shows he performed with the blues/jazz folk artist under review here, Big Bill Broonzy. That long ago reference was enough for this reviewer to scamper back to give a listen to the melodious voice of one of the best in these traditions. But that begs the question where to start?

That is not merely a rhetorical question here. My first exposure to Big Bill, back in the mists of times, was as a performer on a Sunday night folk program here in Boston. In that format he was presented as a folk singer in the style of a black Pete Seeger, including his singing of many many leftist political songs dealing with the pressing questions of race and class. Later I found some more jazzy works by him and some more raucous material in the old country blues tradition. So I hope you can now see my dilemma.

The hard fact is that certain musicians, certain very talented musicians, can work more than one milieu or can transform themselves (for commercial or other reasons) into more than one genre. Moreover, in Big Bill's case, the confluence of folk, blues and jazz at some points is fairly close. That surely is the case here on this CD compilation. So give a listen to that voice, that guitar and those wonderful songs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Sheridan on May 10, 2000
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I just recived my copy of this Cd in the mail today. I've now played it 6 times straight through. Big Bill was brilliant! Great Voice and Terrific guitar. I highly recommend this and any other Big Bill Disc you can get your hand's on. He was a rare and under appreciated Talent! Muddy Waters thought enough of Big Bill to record an entire lp of his songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey McFadden on July 9, 2013
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Big Bill Broonzy brings the best in traditional blues. His early death from throat cancer at about 65 years of age in 1958 kept him from ever seeing the end of the Jim Crow south, and because of that this album includes such songs as When Will I Be Called a Man, and Black, Brown, and White. For those of us who lived through the early 1960's and saw Jim Crow fall it seems a tragedy that Big Bill Broonzy died just before those days and never got to see that victory.

The songs here will take the listener from the rural blues of his early days in the 1930's up through his relocation to an urban music scene.

I consider this to be one of the absolute great traditional blues albums. There are others, don't get me wrong, others as great, but I don't think any surpass him.
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Excellent. Wanted this CD for some time. Arrived early,so thanks again.
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What a great voice. A real pleasure to listen to. There were historical songs of his on there, I didn't previously know existed.
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