Eddie Cusic – Leland Mississippi Blues
One of the last living true country blues artists, Eddie Cusic was born on January 4, 1926 just south of Leland, and grew up helping his family tend the fields. He got his first taste of guitar, like many before him, by playing the one-stringed diddly-bow with a knife or broken bottleneck.
When the 1950s rolled around, Eddie formed the Rhythm Aces with blues legend Little Milton Campbell. Campbell has long attested to the early influence that Eddie had on his style.
It s easy to romanticize Eddie. By day, he is an undiscovered bluesman toiling in a mundane job. By night, he is a blues troubadour, using his rough-hewn vocals, powerful string snapping, and wonderfully refrained timing to provide the fuel for his late-night house party romps. Quite simply, Eddie bleeds delta blues.
While most of Eddie s repertoire consists of well-worn classics, he is a wonderful interpreter of the tradition, melding these blues standards into something wholly original.
1. Gonna Lose a Good Man - 2:46 2. Worry You Off My Mind - 5:24 3. Pretty Thing - 3:08 4. Cut You Loose - 2:45 5. Feelin' Good - 2:44 6. Ludella - 4:02 7. Big Boss Man - 2:54 8. Catfish Blues - 3:45 9. Little Angel Child - 3:30 10. Reconsider Baby - 3:23 11. I Walk the Water - 2:40 12. Stop Arguing Over Me - 2:44 13. Hoochie Coochie Man - 3:14 14. Good Morning Little School Girl - 2:56 15. You Don't Have to Go - 2:36 16. You Don't Love Me - 3:12
Eddie Cusic (vocals, guitars)