Monday, September 15, 2008

Geeshie Wiley

Geeshie Wiley (sometimes rendered as Geechie Wiley) was a little known and obscure blues singer and guitar player. She recorded three disc records in the early 1930s. I really like her sound, it sounds advanced for the time. Makes you wish she had recorded more music.

“If Geeshie Wiley did not exist, she could not be invented: her scope and creativity dwarfs most blues artists. She seems to represent the moment when black secular music was coalescing into blues.”
Don Kent's liner notes to "Mississippi Masters: Early American Blues Classics 1927-35" (Yazoo CD 2007, 1994)
Last Kind Words - Geechie Wiley - from "Crumb"

geeshie wiley , pick poor robin clean

Notes from YouTube; Cartoonist Robert Crumb musing on the Blues as he plays an old 78 LP of Geechie Wiley's haunting performance of Last Kind Words.

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