Country Blues Roots RevivedJohn E. Tinsley
|Cotton Picking Blues|
|When I Was a Child|
|Dead and Gone|
|Girl Dressed in Green|
|I Need Somebody|
|My Grandmother Told Me|
|Truble Blue's (Bonus Track)|
|Keep Your Hands Off 'Er She Don't Bear Touching (Bonus Track)|
However, it wasn't until 1952 that Tinsley and friend, Fred Holland, first recorded any of Tinsley's repertoire. Bassett, Virginia's Mutual Records released “Truble Blues” and “Keep Your Hands Off Her” as a 78 that year. Following the poor sales of the “Truble Blues” 78, a discouraged Tinsley briefly left the world of secular music behind, playing religious music exclusively in the mid-1950s and 60s. Yet, flash forward to 1978 to find Tinsley recording the session featured on this reissue of Country Blues Roots Revived for the primarily Bluegrass label Outlet Recordings, accompanied on most cuts by his son William on piano and J.P. Young on harmonica. This recording has not been available since the 70s and is a rarity treasured by lovers of the Piedmont blues style.
This co-release by Manufactured Recordings and Steady Sounds also includes his lone 78 release on Mutual as a Bonus 7”.