Shelton Powe – Shelton Powe (2022)

Shelton Powe - Shelton Powe (2022)
Artist: Shelton Powe
Album: Shelton Powe
Label: Music Maker Recordings
Year Of Release: 2022
Format: FLAC (tracks)
01. Amtrak Train
02. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
03. Salt Peanuts
04. Since I Laid My Burden Down
05. She Don’t Care About Me (But She Love That Cocaine)
06. Give Me Two Wings
07. One Dime Blues
08. Shake ‘Em on Down
09. Take a Walk in the Park
10. Where Shall I Be
11. What You Gonna Do When Your Troubles Get Like Mine
12. Take Me Back
13. Rock of Ages
14. Railroad Bill


Shelton Powe plays in the Piedmont finger-style guitar tradition of his parents and elders, but it took him a long time to get back to that music. Powe was born in 1957 in Charlotte, North Carolina, into a family of gifted instrumentalists, singers and dancers. His mother gave him harmonicas and guitars at Christmas, hoping to awaken a dormant musical aptitude, to no avail.

It wasn’t until the deaths of his mother and father in the late 1980s that Shelton became reacquainted with the rhythms and melodies of the old songs his parents used to sing. Picking up the guitar as a tribute to his deceased mother, Shelton set out to learn old-time blues and gospel the way he remembered it from his childhood. Living in Georgia, he immersed himself in the blues scene of Atlanta and soon found what he was looking for. Today, listening to him play and sing, you find yourself back at the wellspring of the Carolina Blues tradition.

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