Rambling Blues by John Hammond | One of the Most Underrated Blues Artists

When John Hammond set out to record his third LP in the early months of 1965, he retained bassist Jimmy Lewis from his previous LP but brought in a murderer’s row of session players who would all “break out” in just a few short years.

Their names on the original liner notes may not be those that the public came to know them, but they can be identified by their playing: Jamie R. Robertson on lead guitar; Mark Levon Helm, drums; Eric Hudson on organ (not heard on this track); C.D. Musselwhite, harmonica and Michael Bloomfield on piano.

It is no coincidence that not long after these sessions, Bob Dylan chose Bloomfield to play guitar on “Bringing It All Back Home” and later brought Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm out on the road with him to support that LP.
‘Rambling Blues’ is modeled on Boyd Gilmore’s 1952 recording of Robert Johnson’s ‘Rambling on My Mind’

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  1. So Many Roads turned me on to the blues greats. 1 of my favorite albums. I bought it when it came out & still listen to it. I saw John in Colorado Springs about 20 years ago in a beautiful small church turned into an intimate concert hall. Solo, mostly Robert Johnson & Jimmy Reed tunes. Brilliant.

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