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Monday 16th January 2017

Bluesman Cat-Iron has 1958 album re-issued

A LONG deleted blues and gospel album by Cat-Iron has been re-issued on vinyl. Folklorist Frederic Ramsey Jr came across William 'Cat-Iron' Carradine in 1958, 20 years after the singer/guitarist had hung up his instrument having renounced the blues and found Christianity. After some persuasion, Ramsay recorded Cat-Iron singing blues and gospel in his living room and the results were issued on a Folkways album. 'Sings Blues & Hymns' has now been re-issued on vinyl by Exit Stencil Records. Wrote Record Collector magazine, "He doesn't seem to defer to any blues conventions, his guitar playing is as personal as handwriting; raw, nuanced and without regard for any one popular blues paradigm." Months after making the recording Cat-Iron died. CR

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