Mattie Delaney

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Mattie Delaney
Birth nameMattie Doyle (possible)
Bornc. 1905
GenresDelta blues
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years activeEarly 1930s

Mattie Delaney (born c. 1905;[1] date of death unknown) was an American Delta blues singer and guitarist active in the 1930s. Only two recordings by her are known: "Down the Big Road Blues" and "Tallahatchie River Blues".


Delaney may have been born Mattie Doyle south of Tchula, Mississippi,[1] but the researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc suggest she was Mattie B. Delaney, born near Goodman, Mississippi.[2] Around 1927 she may have moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Contemporary witnesses remember seeing her perform at Swan Lake, Mississippi.[1] She recorded two songs for Vocalion Records in February 1930.[3] Her song "Down the Big Road Blues" was a variant of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues".[4] One music journalist noted "Delaney issuing a matter-of-fact report in 'Tallahatchie River Blues'".[5] She was unusual for a female performer of the time, in that she played guitar accompaniment and sang topical songs. Nothing is known of her life after the recordings.[6]

Two of Delaney's songs were included on the compilation album Mississippi Girls (1928–1931), issued in September 1991.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c "Interview by Gayle Dean Wardlow with Henry Austin and Lilly Berry" (PDF). Center for Popular Music. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  2. ^ Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues: A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger. p. 218. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Big Road Blues Show 12/2/07: Forgotten Blues Ladies: I Ain't Your Hen Mister Fly Rooster | Big Road Blues". 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  5. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 211. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
  6. ^ "Mattie Delaney". 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  7. ^ Hoffman, Larry (1928-02-03). "Various artists, Mississippi Girls (1928–1931): Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Retrieved 2014-01-27.

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