John Hammond – Footwork (1978/2021)

John Hammond - Footwork (1978/2021)
Artist: John Hammond
Album: Footwork
Label: Vanguard Records
Year Of Release: 1978/2021
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. Preaching Blues
02. Crossroad Blues
03. Broke Down Engine
04. Who Do You Love
05. Forty Four Rifle Blues
06. Ask Me Nice
07. Driving Wheel
08. Everybody Cryin’ Mercy
09. Go No Further
10. Come On In My Kitchen


A blues purist, John Hammond came to prominence in the mid-’60s and recorded for the prestigious Vanguard label, earning himself the title of “the white Robert Johnson” with his authentic National Steel guitar, voice, and harmonica blues. Highly praised in the blues and folk worlds, Hammond led a career spanning four decades with outstanding dedication to the purity of the blues. The Band served as rhythm section on some of his albums, but solo is arguably the best way to hear him with no discredit to Robbie Robertson and company. It’s just that Hammond is that kind of artist. Footwork was recorded in isolation by Hammond alone in 1978. The album is haunting in its pragmatic recording; every nuance of his gravelly voice and subtle inflection of the guitar and harmonica reverberate with an intimacy that had defined Delta blues. Such an ethic had become increasingly rare in the commercial world of watered-down or over-produced blues music of the time. Of the few artists working in authentic blues and folk, John Hammond is extraordinary, duly praised and loved by artists from the Rolling Stones to Bert Jansch.

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