This non-album vinyl-only mono single, which found Greg Prevost in a stripped-to-the-bone solo acoustic traditional blues mode, preceded his excellent Mississippi Murderer solo debut. Naked without a band, it’s an authentic workout on a pair of gritty blues numbers.
“Mr. Charlie,” a down-home, gutbucket track from Lightnin’ Hopkins, tells a tale of having no place to go — something that sounds like Greg’s right there on the front porch with his National guitar. This really reminds me of the old field recordings of the 1930s.
“Rolling Stone Blues,” on the other hand, is not the famed Muddy Waters song — the inspiration for the name of a certain world famous band. Instead, Prevost offers a totally different track, though its similar in theme and tone with a rambling, get-on-down-that road feeling.
The results worked as a nice prelude back then, and a terrific companion piece today for the full-length album that followed.