Snooky Pryor, An Introduction To Snooky Pryor

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A former footnote in blues history gets celebrated in this introductory set.

Snooky Pryor was playing amplified harp well before Little Walter, and his “Boogie” was the template for Walter's “Juke,” but he left music in the early '60s; if not for a late-'80s comeback, he'd be a footnote in blues history. Cherry-picking from eMusic's Jewel-Paula selections, which themselves dipped into various small-label catalogs, this makes a great case for him and his huge sound; the 1948 “Telephone Blues” with guitarist Moody Jones is a cornerstone of postwar Chicago blues.