Fred McDowellFred McDowell (1904 - 1972), called "Mississippi Fred McDowell" was a singer and guitar player of delta blues .
McDowell was born in Rossville, Tennessee. His parents died when McDowell was young, and he moved often. By the age of 14, he was playing guitar.
McDowell's recordings were popular, and he performed often at festivals and clubs. McDowell continued to perform delta blues much as he had for decades, but he sometimes perfomed on electric guitar rather than acoustic. While he famously declared "I do not play no rock and roll," McDowell was not averse to associating with many younger rock musicians: He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique, and was reportedly flattered by The Rolling Stones straightforward, authentic version of his "You Got To Move" on their 1971 Sticky Fingers album.