PETE CASSELL 'Blind Minstrel'

PETE CASSELL 'Blind Minstrel'

  • $15.00


Considering the quality of Pete Cassell’s music, he could have been among the top names in country music had not certain circumstances conspired against him. As it was, he was an extremely popular radio artist, with an impressive reputation at WSB Atlanta and WWVA Wheeling from the late 1930s to the late 40s. Blind since infancy, he died at the early age of 37, leaving a small but powerful group of recordings that he made for Decca, Mercury, and the Majestic labels. His vocal style—which influenced several other country artists including Eddy Arnold—could be described as achingly soulful, but that doesn’t do full justice to a man who definitely had a way with a poignant song. His 6 tracks cut for Decca in the late 1930s are superb renditions backed only by his own guitar (ST. LOUIS BLUES, ONE STEP MORE, I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LONESOME). But if anything, his later tracks with fairly simple steel guitar accompaniment are even more memorable: JUST A MESSAGE, IT’S A LONELY TRAIL, WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS and OH HOW I MISS YOU are classics and I have never heard better versions of LETTER EDGED IN BLACK and THE LAST LETTER. The Old Homestead label has provided a very important and welcome release here by including just about everything Cassell ever recorded (the 26 cuts here include 3 very rough songs possibly taken off the radio, but apart from these everything else ranges from good to superb. A wonderful collection for those who appreciate the real country sound of the 1940s. MOSS COVERED MILL, BURNING OF THE WINECOFF HOTEL, TOO MANY PARTIES, etc.

Artists:

PETE CASSELL

Track Listing:

  • INTRO/PA'S STRAIGHT RAZOR
  • WHERE THE OLD RED RIVER FLOWS
  • IT'S A LONELY TRAIL
  • THE MOSS COVERED MILL
  • I KISSED YOU AND TOLD YOU GOODBYE
  • IT'S TOO LATE TO SAY YOUR SORRY
  • OH HOW I MISS YOU
  • WAITING FOR SHIPS THAT NEVER COME
  • MEMORIES THAT LIVE
  • TOO MANY PARTIES AND TOO MANY PALS
  • A MESSAGE TO THE ONE I LOVE
  • THE LAST LETTER
  • OH HOW I MISS YOU
  • ST. LOUIS BLUES
  • FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES
  • I CAN'T FEEL AT HOME
  • ONE STEP MORE
  • WHY DON'T YOU COME BACK TO ME
  • I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LONG GONE
  • BURNING OF THE WINECOFF HOTEL
  • WHEN I FILLED UP FOR CHAW
  • I YOU CALL THAT GONE, GOODBYE
  • LETTER EDGED IN BLACK
  • WELCOME AS THE FLOWERS IN MAY
  • LOVESICK BLUES
  • BEAUTIFUL TEXAS