The 1960s folk and blues revival unearthed numerous major artists during the decade, none more so than Mississippi John Hurt. Active at the turn of the 20th century, Hurt had begun his career playing at parties and entertaining the farmhands at the numerous farms he worked on. He saw music as little more than something to be performed at social occasions, although he did record a number of tracks for Okeh in 1928. More than thirty years later, copies of these recordings found their way to blues fan Tom Hoskins who, using the recordings as something of a map, tracked Hurt down to a farm in Mississippi. Persuaded to make a number of concert appearances, most notably the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, Hurt also agreed to the recording of a number of new tracks. Sadly, the renaissance of Mississippi John Hurt was to be brief, for he died from a heart attack in 1966, but this live album provides ample proof that his emergence, however brief, was justified.