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February 27th, 2008

Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

Brownie McGhee (sitting at right) sings and speaks with a disarming, soulful simplicity. His eyes speak a language of languor, his lips curl into wistful grins with such ease and honesty that you want to cozy up by his feet like a labrador puppy, lapping up stories of the road and songs of the downtrodden. The songs of Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry – a musical duo for nearly their entire professional lives – are melancholy at heart but never sacrifice a sense of celebratory, resplendent joy.

Enjoy this performance of their classic tune “I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes,” from Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest.

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  1. This is so great. In fact anything from the Rainbow Quest is. I just got back from an open mic playing Down By The Riverside that I learned from one of the videos

    Comment by Kyle — February 27, 2008 @ 6:18 am
  2. it’s hard to go wrong with RQ – I just wish ALL of the episodes were available on DVD, not just the ten or so. i guess 52 episodes were taped in total!

    Comment by =tyler= — February 27, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

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