The music of this stern-looking man is the closest connection we have to the birth of the blues, and therefore to the making of pop as we know it. Born in 1891, Patton grew up on the Mississippi delta plantations at a time when the music was likelier gospel or country hoedowns than that new-fangled fad, the blues. Becoming a local star, though, he was formidable in shaping the genre. By the time he recorded these songs (from 1929 until just before his death in 1934) he had already popularised a compelling style that would spread through younger men like Son House, Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson, all the way to the 60s blues boom.
Some Summer Day / Some These Days I’ll Be Gone (Take 1) / Moon Going Down / ElderGreene Blues (Take 1) / Banty Rooster Blues / Hang It On The Wall / Bird Nest Bound / Jim Lee Blues (Part 1) / I’m Goin’ Home / Going To Move To Alabama / Dry Well Blues / Troubled ‘Bout My Mother