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 Smithsonian Folkways Compilation 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 and East Coast bluesmen such as Blind Boy Fuller, Josh White and 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 “Truble Blues” 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 and J.P. Young on harmonica.
Country Blues Roots Revived will be released October 28 via Manufactured Recordings and Steady Sounds and also includes his lone ’78 release on Mutual as a Bonus 7″.
John E. Tinsley
Country Blues Roots Revived
October 28, 2016
1 – Cotton Picking Blues
2 – Ambulance Blues
4 – When I Was A Child
5 – Dead and Gone
6 – Girl Dressed In Green
7 – Trouble Blues
8 – I Need Somebody
9 – Penitentiary Blues
10 – My Grandmother Told Me
11 – Truble Blues (Bonus Track)
12 – Keep Your Hands Off Er She Don’t Bear Touching