Today’s Reading Assignment, Best Music Writing Division

You must read this great article by John Jeremiah Sullivan, my candidate for best music writer alive.


Sullivan explores the mystery of country blues singers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. Country blues folks are mysterious almost be definition, but Wiley and Thomas are unique. This interactive piece includes links to the very tiny but potent body of music these ladies left behind. I will also add this clip from the documentary CRUMB that features Wiley’s deep, deep, deep “Last Kind Words Blues” (if you dig R. Crumb, watch the whole clip, but the tune shows up for a beautiful segment at the 4:30 mark):

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