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John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
Manufactured Recordings / Steady Sounds
LP & 7"
$15

"Manufactured Recordings is pleased to announce they’re co-releasing a very special reissue of John E. Tinsley’s Country Blues Roots Revived with Steady Sounds. This recording has not been available since the 70’s and is a rarity treasured by lovers of the piedmont blues style.

"John E. Tinsley was born in 1920 in Chestnut Mountain, Virginia and later moved to Henry County in an area just outside of Martinsville. According to the liner notes of Virginia Traditions: West Piedmont Blues, Tinsley began playing guitar at the age of 15 at the behest of his neighbor and was influenced by other Piedmont & East Coast bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White, & Buddy Moss.

"Tinsley and friend, Fred Holland, first recorded 'Truble Blues' and 'Keep Your Hands Off Her' as a 78 for Bassett, Virginia's Mutual Records in 1952. Following the poor sales of the 78, Tinsley briefly left the world of secular music behind, playing religious music exclusively in the mid-1950s. However, in 1978, he recorded this session on Country Blues Roots Revived for the primarily bluegrass label Outlet Recordings, accompanied on most cuts by his son William on piano & J.P. Young on harmonica. [This reissue] also includes his lone 78rpm release as a bonus 7"." - Manufactured.

Though I've been a fan for a while, I was pleasantly surprised this record was reissued. Tinsley was a fairly obscure artist, no big backstory, and his appeal & approach are generally low-key: it's "just" enjoyable, easygoing music. Hear Rattlesnake Daddy: https://soundcloud.com/manufacturedrecordings-1/john-e-tinsley-rattlesnake-daddy

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John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
Manufactured Recordings / Steady Sounds
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$12

CD version, full description above.