Roosevelt Sykes – Gold Mine
Delmark DD 616 (1992)
You’ll find a gold mine of blues within this album. Most of the songs are newer original Sykes compositions. However, three are new renditions of old Sykes classics. “44 Blues”, “Boot That Thing”, and “Henry Ford Blues” were recorded at his first recording session on June 14, 1929! The enclosed notes described his place in blues history, but Sykes was more the “historically” important. The music from this 1966 solo session shows he still sang and played piano as well as ever (if not better). Gold Mine is vital blues with Roosevelt Sykes singing his heart out.