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David Honeyboy Edwards - Blues Blues (1975)

David "Honeyboy" Edwards, vocal, guitar, harmonica.
Genres: Mississippi country blues, Country blues guitar. Blues Harmonica.
 
Although Honey Boy remained in the background, as the blues of the rural Southern States experienced its mixed fortunes of popularity, from the heydays of the nineteen twenties and thirties to its obscurity of the fifties, through to the revivals of the sixties and eighties when it found its permanent place in global music, he remained throughout an active performer and true to his cause.
 
Made during his 1975 trip to Europe, these recordings are among the very best that he made. He was in his prime, playing guitar, harmonica and singing with great strength and verve.



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Field Recordings Vol. 15 (1941-1942) Mississippi
DOCD-5672 Field Recordings Vol. 15 (Mississippi 1941-1942) “Rock Me, Shake Me” Various artists. Genres: Mississippi Blues, Country Blues, Songster. Informative booklet notes by Robert Groom. Detailed discography. Extracts abridged from this CD’s booklet notes: Out in the hill country of North Mississippi, in Tate and Panola counties, east of the Delta, a family of musicians were active for over a century. Fiddler Doc Hemphill had a string band back in the 1880s and 90s and his son Sid Hemphill picked up where his father left off. Sid was a multi-instrumentalist with a repertoire of around a hundred tunes and songs. His various bands performed in the hill country, in the Delta (where Turner Junior Johnson recommended Alan Lomax to seek out the “boar-hog musician”, Sid Hemphill), up in Memphis, out in Alabama. Sid Hemphill’s string bands were augmented with drums, and his own quills and fife. A long-time associate was banjo player Lucius Smith (b. 1892) who played with Hemphill for 54 years. Continued...



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