Big Bill Broonzy: The Midnight Special – Live in Nottingham 1957

 

 

We’re very excited to announce an upcoming release from one of the most prolific blues performers of all time. The Midnight Special: Live in Nottingham 1957 captures an incredible solo performance by Big Bill Broonzy, an incredibly underrated musician that helped to shape music as we know it; specifically the blues. Born in Mississippi, “Big Bill Broonzy” – the moniker refers to his 6’ 6” physical stature – is generally not a household name despite recording several hundred songs, many of which he wrote. From the late 1920s through the late 1950s, this immensely creative performer won over fellow musicians and “race music” fans alike. Nearly every label released Broonzy records during and after his lifetime. As mentor to Muddy Waters and a major influence on artists like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Rod Stewart, Broonzy’s impact on music cannot be understated.

 

The 1957 Nottingham set list largely consists of folk standards, including “The Midnight Special,” and “This Train.” This rare concert audio captures Big Bill’s affable personality and ability to hold the attention of an appreciative audience with his storytelling, acoustic guitar licks, and a strong singing voice that leaves an indelible impression that this man had experiences in the fields, the factories, and the railroads. Additionally, the LP contains several Broonzy tracks from intimate backroom sessions. The record was mastered from original analog tape by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering, and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing. The jacket includes liner notes from Larry Jaffee, and the cover art features an illustration by Kelly Cousins.

 

Beginning July 24th, this spectacular live album will be available everywhere on black vinyl, which you can pre-order here. A limited edition “transparent coral” color vinyl (pictured below) will be available exclusively from Vinyl Me, Please.

 

 

SIDE A:   
1       This Train
2       Trouble In Mind
3       Willie Mae
4       In The Evening
5       Glory Of Love
6       The Midnight Special
7       What Kind Of Man Jesus Is
SIDE B:   
8       Keep Your Hands Off It
9       Nobody’s Business
10      Hey! Bub
11      The Feasting Table
12      C.C. Rider
13      Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
14      Goodnight Irene