On Blues Came to Burgaw, guitarist George Herbert Moore shows listeners why Southeastern North Carolina matters to the blues. The various strains of early and mid-century rhythm and blues music found on this album traveled back and forth across the country and mixed well with North Carolina’s deep legacy of stringband and other Black vernacular musical traditions.
The 18 tracks on Blues Came to Burgaw are a mix of Chicago, Delta, and Piedmont blues stylings. Moore grew up hearing music in the tobacco warehouses of Durham and other urban centers, and though his first inspiration was local bluesman Blind Boy Fuller, he was very likely exposed to a spectrum of music that ranged from jazz and big band music to Tin Pan Alley. Moore just as easily approaches a song by electric bluesman Jimmy Reed as he does a selection from his hero Fuller, and his seamless versatility shines throughout.