Mattie Delaney (1905 - unknown) was an American delta blues singer and guitarist. She was active in the 1930s with only two known recordings: "Down the Big Road Blues," and "Tallahatchie River Blues."


Born Mattie Doyle in Tchula, Mississippi, she recorded two songs for the Vocalion Records label in February 1930. Her song "Down The Big Road Blues" was a variant of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues". One music journalist noted "Delaney issuing a matter-of-fact report in "Tallahatchie River Blues". She was unusual for a female performer of the time, in that she played guitar accompaniment and sang topical songs. Nothing is known of her life after the recordings.

Two of Delaney's songs were featured on the Mississippi Girls (1928-1931) compilation album, issued in September 1991.

Cover versions

Several cover versions of Delaney's songs have been recorded over the years. These include:

"Travelin' Blues" - Rory Block (High Heeled Blues) (1981),

"Tallahatchie River Blues" - Rory Block (When a Woman Gets the Blues) (1995),

"Down the Big Road Blues" - Lucinda Williams (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road) (1998),

See also

List of blues musicians