5th October 2018
Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Side 1: 1. Brakeman's Blues / 2. On The Mississippi Shore / 3. My Old Lasso Is Headed Straight For You / 4. When Did You Leave Heaven? / 5. Long Gone Lonesome Blues / 6. My Little Home Down In New Orleans / 7. In A Box Car Around The World / 8. Lullaby Yodel. Side 2: 1. TB Blues / 2. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia / 3. Don't Be A Baby, Baby / 4. It's You, Only You, That I Love / 5. Whippin' That Ole TB / 6. Down The Trail Of Aching Hearts / 7. Waltz Of The Wind / 8. Singing In My Last Roundup / 9. Over The Rainbow
Thomas Fraser of Burra Isle, Shetland, passed away in 1978 aged only 50. A fisherman, a crofter - ordinary you might say - yet he left a stunning legacy: 1000s of songs recorded at home in his small croft house using a reel-to-reel recorder. Not music traditionally associated with Shetland entirely, for Thomas was an exponent of country and blues styles and his passion was the guitar. Forty years on from his untimely death this exclusive Record Store Day vinyl collection present 17 specially selected tracks, restored and remastered from the original tapes. 'I really love it when something comes from way out of left field - something really interesting and quirky. I think the music is great and love to imagine the man there in his croft house in Shetland singing the railroad blues into an old Grundig tape recorder for the sheer love and dedication to his music. - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2.