Pink Anderson and Gary Davis, both born in South Carolina around the turn of the century, were among the last of a breed of entertainers known as songsters--singing guitarists adept at a variety of material, including blues, folk, minstrel, popular, and religious. Both men spent much of their lives singing on the streets, trying to please whoever passed by. Anderson's plaintive music was captured on record several times between 1928 and 1962, and the 1950 session for folk collector Paul Clayton that's heard on the first half of this CD displays Anderson's remarkable versatility. Davis, whose eight 1956 titles comprise the other half, abandoned the secular side of his repertoire early on to concentrate on singing and picking for the Lord. While Anderson, who died in 1974, became too ill later in life to take much advantage of this album on Prestige/Bluesville, Davis continued to tour and record widely until a heart attack felled him on the way to a concert in 1972.
PINK ANDERSON – John Henry, Everyday in the Week, The Ship Titanic, Greasy Greens, Wreck of the Old 97, I've Got Mine, He's in the Jailhouse Now
REV. GARY DAVIS – Blow, Gabriel; Twelve Gates to the City, Samson and Delilah; Oh Lord, Search My Heart; Get Right Church, You Got to Go Down, Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning, There Was a Time That I Was Blind