Blind Willie McTell was a blues legend, as well as superb guitar player. He wrote dozens of songs, many of which became blues standards, such as "Statesboro Blues".
He was a prominent artist in the 20's and 30's, and was known for his ragtime and gospel influences in his songs. He never left Georgia, unlike other bluesmen of his time, who went to Chicago or Detroit and made it big.
On August 19, 1959, McTell died of a stroke in Georgia.
Here's one of his songs from 1933 called "Broke Down Engine":