“Cops Walked Up & Shot Jessie Down” —Blind Willie McTell’s Song For Our Times

1920’s Bluesman, Blind Willie McTell’s “Dyin’ Crapshooters Blues” is one of my favourite songs ever written. I like it for it’s macabre wit — “dig my grave with the ace of spades”, incredible melody, and narrative. But mostly I like the way Blind Willie McTell could command a room with nothing but a 12-stringed piece of wood and a quivering voice.