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Sid Selvidge: The Cold of the Morning [Peabody, 1976]
Selvidge's voice is so rich it's a curse, especially since it's combined with a good-humored grasp of blues tradition--all he has to do is release the notes and people tell him he's a genius. On this evidence, Selvidge is only a craftsman. His gifts as a lyricist are limited, and his guitar can't sustain a whole album. But the two lead cuts and Selvidge's own "Frank's Tune" overcome. B