No loops, no samples, simply ten never before heard bootlegs recorded in isolation by blues legend Horatio Snivelston.
Snivelston rose to fame with his dazzling but faithful live performances of blues classics. Almost completely self-taught, he was hailed by few as the next Robert Johnson and was quickly signed to a major music label (which shall remain unnamed). Snivelston was given $5,000 to complete the album which (by his accounts) he "immediately spent all of it on whiskey, tea, and some Mexican roots" which perhaps in some way explains the frenetic recordings that would become his "Post-Pubescent Blues." No one knows exactly what happened during the recording sessions as they were done in complete isolation, though label executives would later claim the album was recorded entirely in a day-long drunken mania (certainly a dubious claim).
His label, however, was expecting more standard blues songs and less of his new "style," so when they heard the album they immediately dropped him, and the album was never released. And when his former label came asking for the $5,000, Snivelston hit the road and was never seen again. He is almost certainly dead and the full version of "Horatio Snivelston Plays the Blues" will likely never be heard.
However, ten brand new early mixes were recently discovered and are being released here for the first time. They provide a glimpse of what could have been.
Enjoy the last Horatio Snivelston songs ever to likely be released. (Stereo headphones are recommended as the songs were taped on archaic recording equipment.)
released May 30, 2012
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