Wine and music: “God Don’t Like It” by Blind Willie McTell

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I have been a fan of the great Georgia bluesman Blind Willie McTell for many years. He is arguably the finest exponent of the 12-string guitar and the syncopated fingerpicking “Piedmont Blues” style.

I cannot recall ever hearing any of his recordings with his wife Kate so it was a pleasure to discover this 1933 God-fearing protest against excessive drinking:

“Some say they done cut whiskey out but you can have a little wine
Most everybody gets on a drunk by drinking this old moonshine

Now God don’t like it and (I don’t either)
Now God don’t like it and (I don’t either)
Now God don’t like it and (I don’t either)
It’s scandalous and a shame”

McTell was always a church-goer. In 1957, he became a preacher at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Atlanta. He died in 1959.

Happy New Year!

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