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Snooks Eaglin: New Orleans Street Singer/That’s All Right

Album Review

Timeless recordings of a singer and guitarist who astonished 60s blues fans.

New Orleans Street Singer was Snooks Eaglin’s first LP, issued on Folkways in 1959, and That’s All Right followed on Prestige–Bluesville in 1961. Both were taped by the folklorist Harry Oster. They burst before the eyes of blues-lovers like firework displays. Eaglin, a blind New Orleanian in his early 20s, seemed able to play almost anything, and not only that, he could play it astoundingly well.

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