Hall of Fame Essay
Jimmy Reed was one of those purely American, so-called “primitive” artists who created a style so perfect in conception and execution that it could never really be improved upon.
He was also a prolific hitmaker whose music acted as a kind of down-home touchstone for his African-American audience during the years when R&B turned into soul.
I can’t buy a car without first playing a Jimmy Reed tape before driving it.
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