Two years after the devastating Mississippi Delta flood which changed America; see John M. Barry's book Rising Tide (Touchstone). Charley's frenetic licks sound as if he used his guitar as a paddle to escape the rising tide, begging for help with a voice semi-submerged.
Bob Dylan [nodding Charley in High Water (For Charley Patton) using melody lines and sound of Clarence Ashley and Dock Boggs; in his version it's not just the Mississippi Delta flooding, it's the whole world]
Taj Mahal [on American Epic]
'If I made records for my own pleasure, I would only record Charley Patton songs' - Bob Dylan.