Sonny Terry, like many blind Southern men found himself unable to earn money through usual avenues, so he turned to music and under the guidance Blind Roy Fuller he became an accomplished harmonica player.
Brownie McGhee, as a child in Tennessee had polio, which incapacitated his leg. With his first guitar, made by his uncle from a tin box and a piece of board, he taught himself to play the instrument. He, too was befriended by Blind Roy Fuller and in 1942 teamed up with Sonny Terry, whom he had known since 1939 when Sonny was Blind Roy's harmonica player. The pairing was an overnight success and as well as recording their blues music, they toured together until around 1980.
It must be said that as their artistic partnership matured, their friendship didn't and they barely spoke to each other on stage, and not at all off-stage. However, this animosity to one another did not stop them from spending eleven months of each year touring, and recording dozens of albums.
This recording contains some great blues music and especially liked were "Train Whistle Blues", "All Alone Blues", "Pawn Shop Blues", "Screamin' & Cryin' Blues", and the exceptional "Brownie's Guitar Boogie". There were a couple of tracks that disappointed, the main one was "Harmonica & Washboard".