Furry Lewis (left) and Bukka White
 Henry Townsend

Babe Stovall

Sunnyland Slim &
Bigtime Sarah
Ham Carson & Mickey Martin

Blues is the roots of Arcola: listening to blues 78's and playing them on my traditional blues radio show on KRAB radio in Seattle led to interviews with blues musicians such as Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Carl Martin, Babe Stovall and others.

Furry Lewis invited me to his home in Memphis in 1968 for a week of music and fun, where the Arcola Party! CD was recorded. This experience was the inspiration to record more blues artists in the South.

Babe Stovall, a Mississippi blues singer and guitar player who met and was influenced by Tommy Johnson. Recorded in New Orleans in 1968, with liner notes by David Evans.    — Bob West, Arcola Records

What a wonderful down home session you recorded, congratulations! What a pleasure to hear Sunnyland, relax, playing like he was at home, a great thrill. About Big Time Sarah, I like also a lot the way she sings during this recording. To sum up, once again with this new release Arcola Records is still at the very top!    — Jean Luc Vabres, Radio France

A fine choice of repertoire and some some very interesting interview segments. Slim was an important artist, and this will be a welcome complementary CD to his other work. — David Evans, The University of Memphis

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