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Tampa Red: Dynamite! The Unsung King Of The Blues

Album Review

The influential electric blues pioneer, adept in slide guitar and kazoo.

One of the most successful, influential and prolific artists in his heyday, Hudson Whittaker’s (aka Tampa Red) importance in the development of post-war blues is somewhat forgotten. That he recorded hokum and pop alongside urban blues and favoured the kazoo on many recordings in preference to his slide guitar probably explains modern blues experts’ undervaluing of his catalogue, but this excellent compilation should hopefully lead to a positive reassessment.

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