Watch the Mississippi Blues online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Roots, Rags & Blues

When Alan Lomax recorded Willie Brown's performance of his Mississippi Blues in 1942 for the Library of Congress he captured one of the most enduring and inventive examples of Fingerstyle Guitar counterpoint you'll ever hear. Even though Willie Brown only recorded a handful of tunes, his Mississippi Blues is one of the all-time great pieces of Country Blues Guitar, (or any style of guitar for that matter). This song has traveled round the world in renditions by Stephan Grossman, Rory Block, Roy Bookbinder, Johnny Winter, Phil Heywood, and many others. I've recently heard great versions by Standa Barek in the Czech Republic and Tokio Uchida in Japan. You can hear the original version recorded by Alan Lomax on the anthology "Deep River of Song: Mississippi - The Blues Lineage".