Thursday, May 05, 2005

May 5: Happy Birthday, William McTell

Just in case your tastes don't run to Dutch recorder music, there's another festive music opportunity with a disability history tie-in on the weekend of May 20-21: The 12th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, in Thomson, Georgia, named in honor of blues guitarist William Samuel "Blind Willie" McTell, born 5 May 1901 (or maybe 1898?), in Thomson. Read more about the musician (who also recorded as "Blind Sammie") here, and here. (Or maybe just listen to the lyrics to Bob Dylan's song, "Blind Willie McTell.") There's a brand-new box-set of his recordings coming out too.

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