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Free and Equal Blues

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Free and Equal Blues

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Josh White
Producers:
Smithsonian Folkways
genre:
Blues, Folk

We gave it a B

Until he sang for Joseph McCarthy in 1950, this silky-smooth folk balladeer was the toast of Manhattan’s left-wing intelligentsia. White’s burnished voice and mellow guitar are underrepresented on CD, so this 26-song collection from his ’40s heyday is welcome. Unfortunately, Free and Equal Blues has more than its share of forgettable antiwar tunes and Popular Front agitprop. There’s better material out there — some of White’s mid-’40s Decca albums. Let’s have it. B

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