Music Minute: Blind Willie McTell

Aug 18, 2017


Today's Music Minute highlights a middle Georgia blues legend who inspired a number of influential artists over the years.

You’re listening to "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, who was born in Thomson, Georgia in 1898.

Saturday will be the 58th anniversary of his death in 1959.

The legendary blues guitarist was a music mainstay in the 1920s and 30s.

Blind Willie inspired a number of artists, including the Allman Brothers who debuted a cover of "Statesboro Blues" in 1971.

Bob Dylan also payed tribute in the song titled, “Blind Willie McTell.”

Each May, the city of Thomson honors its native son with the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival.