gospel song, "Wade in the Water." Between the intense lyrics and her growling performance, it terrified me.
At any rate, 50 years later I love Henske's performance. She foreshadows by several years another powerful emulator of black blues hollerers, Janis Joplin, who I also simply couldn't bear the first time I heard her, in 9th grade. (I was a sheltered child in the '60s... in addition to this record, my parents bought me Miles Davis and Schubert...an attempt, I suspect, to lure me away from the likes of Elvis Presley.)
I was quite pleased when the great '80s American band The Replacements stole the Hootenanny cover design for one of their own records.
- Traditional: Ella Jenkins
- Rocking: Big Mama Thornton
- Jazzy: Ellen McIlwaine
- Electro hip-hop! Rudy Jimenez
For more water wading of various sorts, don't forget to visit the afore-linked Sepia Saturday!