Barrelhouse Buck McFarland – Alton Blues
Delmark DE 788 (2007)
In February 1957, Bob Koester wrote in his newsletter, The Jazz Report, that recent rediscoveries of legendary artists Big Joe Williams and Rufus “Speckled Red” Perryman gave information on other forgotten musicians from the 1920s. Koester was told that Paramount and Decca recording artist Barrelhouse Buck McFarland was still around St. Louis and he passed that info along to Charlie O’Brien, a fellow member of the St. Louis Jazz Club and a St. Louis policeman. Koester and O’Brien had resurrected many of the early St. Louis artists’ recording careers, and Buck, the aged entertainer, enjoyed the new interest, which was unfortunately cut short by his passing just 8 months after this recording.
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