Furry Lewis

Furry Lewis

Furry Lewis FW03823 / FS 3823

Walter E. “Furry” Lewis (1893–1981), was a Mississippi-born, Memphis-bred guitarist and singer whose early fame was based on his 1927 recordings for the Victor label. When the Depression ended most of the recording in the South, Furry took a job as a laborer for the city of Memphis. He lived in musical obscurity until he was “re-discovered” by producer Sam Charters in the late 1950s. Lewis’s version of “John Henry” is a powerful example of early southern blues. This collection also includes Lewis’s oral history of his early days as a bluesman, as well as the story of his musical education in several styles of blues guitar.

The liner notes include a discography of Lewis’s early recordings.

Year Released 1960
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1960 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Blues
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Instrument(s) Bottleneck (Guitar playing); Guitar; Vocals
Subject(s) Blues; Oral history

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101 Longing Blues Furry Lewis 2:42
102 John Henry Furry Lewis 4:51
103 I Will Turn Your Money Green Furry Lewis 4:41
104 Early Recording Career Furry Lewis 1:46
105 Pearlee Blues Furry Lewis 4:08
201 Judge Boushay Blues Furry Lewis 3:42
202 I'm Going to Brownsville Furry Lewis 3:20
203 The Medicine Shows Furry Lewis 2:57
204 Kassie Jones (Casey Jones) Furry Lewis 2:58
205 East St. Louis Blues Furry Lewis 4:25
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