Smith & Weiland surveyors and engineers, Clarksdale.
Newson Center, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Willie Brown

Clarksdale bluesman, Willie Brown.

Willie Lee Brown was one of the four great pioneers of the Mississippi Delta blues.  From Clarksdale, he was primarily known as a guitar player, and he performed and recorded with Son House, Charlie Patton, and Tommy Johnson, the other key early pioneering musicians of the Delta Blues form.  Brown was a significant influence on Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters as well.

In addition to recording as a guitar player with his important early colleagues, Brown also recorded solo.  Three of the most known records are the highly regarded  “M & O Blues,”  “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor,” and especially “Future Blues.”  Six of his records were recorded at Paramount Records in Grafton, Wisconsin, in 1930. He also did a few recordings for the Library of Congress in the early 1940’s.

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