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Take Your Time
In the late 1920s, Furry Lewis was discovered
on Beale Street and recorded on 78 rpm by the major labels serving
the newly emerging market for Black American music. Unfortunately
for Furry and a number of other country blues artists, changing
times and tastes made this a short-lived popularity, one not to
be appreciated again for several decades.
When the spotlight returned to Furry, beginning in the 1960s,
he became an immediate hit with young people the world over, not
only for his mastery of slide guitar but also for the wit and
wisdom he shared with audiences and that joyful personality of
his that delighted and enlightened.
These recordings, made in 1969, reveal Furry at his best--the master showman in comfortable and appreciative surroundings, accompanied by his best friend and student, Lee Baker, a young Memphis guitarist already established as a forerunner in the new blues rock idiom.
Like his live performances, Furrys songlist for this album ran the gamut from classic country blues to gospel to Tin Pan Alley favorites of the early part of the century. To know Furry was to love him. To those fortunate enough to have known Furry, this collection will bring back wonderful memories. If this great artist is new to you, there is no better introduction to the music and the man than Take Your Time.
The cover photograph of Furry in live performance was made in 1972 by Jim Marshall and colorized by Track 7 Graphics. Liner notes accompanying this special recording include personal memories contributed by musician/producer Jim Dickinson and guitarist/songwriter Dave MacKenzie, as well as a biography of Furry Lewis written by Denise Tapp.