Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie McTell -Statesboro Blues – The Early Years 1927-1935


By Dion

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Even Pope John Paul II had the blues…

I did "Statesboro Blues" on Bronx in Blue. If you listen to every verse of that song, it's just incredible. He had a way with words. There's a funny thing in there — he's talking about the blues and he says, "My sister got 'em, daddy got 'em, brother got 'em, friends got 'em, I got 'em . . . I looked in the corner and Grandma and Grandpa had 'em, too." The point is, you don't have to be a young black guy in the '30s walking down a dark road to have the blues. It's universal. I mean, Pope John Paul II had the blues. But the thing about the blues is, you can also express love and passion and joy, and Blind Willie McTell did that, too.