Snooks Eaglin: New Orleans Street Singer


Publisher: Storyville Records
Artist: Snooks Eaglin
Format: Audio / Video | Recorded Performance
"Ford 'Snooks' Eaglin's first released recordings, the ones collected here, suggested to the world that Eaglin was a great lost country blues player when he was, in fact, an excellent electric guitar player and a gospel-influenced singer who much preferred playing R&B with a band.

When folklorist Harry Oster heard Eaglin busking with his guitar on a street in the French Quarter in 1958, he whisked him over to Louisiana State University and recorded the tracks collected here, either assuming that Eaglin was a folk artist or possibly even asking him to portray one for the sake of the recording. Either way, New Orleans Street Singer was a revelation when it was released by Folkways Records a year later in 1959, presenting to the world a gifted guitar player and a naturally soulful singer who brought a kind of jazzy New Orleans feel and groove to the folk-blues standards he was covering.

The album is no less a revelation in the 21st century, although hindsight allows listeners to realize that the folk stance was probably more Oster's preference than Eaglin's. The guitar work is quick and fluid, with lead bursts that surprise and delight, continually settling on unexpected but highly effective chordal resolves, and the singing throughout is steady and informed, sounding a bit like Ray Charles, with tinges of both gospel and jazz phrasing. In Eaglin's hands traditional fare like "Mama, Don't You Tear My Clothes" (a variant of "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down") become reborn and re-formed into definitive versions." Steve Leggett, All Music.
Published on: 23 April 2013
Language: English
Catalogue No: STVSTCD8023

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      From my point of view Snooks Eaglin is the greatest! But so very few recordings from his first times in new orleans! I was looking for this for so many years! How my god !
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      Confirmed purchase: 13 February 2017
      Published on: 27 February 2017