"Mississippi" Fred McDowell was born around 1904-1905 in Rossville, Tennessee, a small farming community east of Memphis along the Mississippi border. He worked as a farm laborer most of his life and played music on weekends at church picnics, juke joints, and house parties. In the late 1950s he was "discovered" by the legendary folklorist, Alan Lomax.
Lomax said of McDowell:
"Fred was surprised when I admired his music sufficiently to visit him for several evenings and record everything he knew. In true country fashion he kept telling me that he couldn't play nearly as well as other men he knew. In my estimation he is simply a modest man, for in him the great tradition of the blues runs pure and deep."
Fred McDowell - Baby Please Don't Go.mp3 Fred McDowell - Kokomo Me Baby.mp3 Fred McDowell - 61 Highway.mp3