James Founty AKA Dan Pickett

Blues Vocals

Born: 8/31/1907 in Pike County Alabama

Died: 8/16/1967 in Boaz, Alabama

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Reissuers have unearthed little information about Dan Pickett (AKA James Founty). He may have come from Alabama, he played a nice slide guitar in a Southeastern blues style, and he did one recording session for the Philadelphia-based Gotham label in 1949. That session produced five singles, all of which have now been compiled along with four previously unreleased sides on a reissue album that purports to contain Pickett’s entire recorded output — unless, of course, as some reviewers have speculated, Dan Pickett happens also to be Charlie Pickett, the Tennessee guitarist who recorded for Decca in 1937.

Source: http://www.last.fm/music/Dan%20Pickett


Discography at: http://www.wirz.de/music/pickdfrm.htm

More info at: http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=2623.0

Listen at: http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Pickett/e/B000APWF6M

CD issue of Krazy Kat 811. Back in the 60s some of the most highly prized 78s among blues collectors were the rare Gotham records of Dan Pickett. These were valued, not only for their rarity but for the fact that they were among the finest commercial recordings of country blues in the post war era. At that time no one could have imagined that there would be an album available of Pickett's recordings but, here it is and not only do we get all of Pickett's sides issued on 78 rpm but four previously unissued titles and most of it from original master tapes thanks to Gotham's foresight in recording on to tape as early as 1948. Pickett, whose real name was apparently James Founty was a stunning performer. A distinctive vocalist he had a remarkable vocal technique in which he sometimes compressed an amazing amount of syllables into one line. He was also a stunning guitar player performing in either a rhythmic percussive picking style or a lovely melodic slide style stunning accentuating his playing with rapping on the guitar. The songs are mostly versions of songs originally recorded in the 30s including Leroy Carr's How Long , Buddy Moss's Ride To A Funeral In A V-8 , Blind Boy Fuller's Let me Squeeze Your Lemons (which Pickett calls Lemon Man and others including a spellbinding version of 99 1/2 Won't Do Pickett's only gospel performance. Pickett transforms the songs into totally unique ones. The unissued songs are every bit as good as the issued ones. Album has excellent sound and informative notes by Chris Smith. A special hand of thanks to Bruce Bastin whose foraging in the Gotham vaults has turned up this gem.  (FS)

Source: http://www.rootsandrhythm.com/roots/BLUES%20&%20GOSPEL/blues_pq1.htm







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