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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.


  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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