Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt (1894 – 1967) John Hurt was born in 1984 at Teoc, Mississippi, and raised in nearby Avalon. He took up guitar in 1903, developing a soft singing style and a unique three-finger picking technique. Never a professional musician, Hurt rarely travelled before or after recording twelve sides for Okeh in 1928, but his 1960s rediscovery helped launch a blues revival, and he performed and re-recorded songs such as “Coffee Blues” and “Richland Woman” to great acclaim before his death in 1967.

Avalon Blues - Mississippi John Hurt

Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me - Mississippi John Hurt

I Shall Not Be Moved - Mississippi John Hurt

Nobody's Dirty Business - Mississippi John Hurt

Rev. Gary Davis

Rev. Gary Davis

Blind Gary Davis (1896 – 1972) A native of Laurens, South Carolina, Gary Davis, learned to play the guitar around 1903, at the age of seven. As a street singer, he specialized in gospel songs. When first recorded in 1935, he lived in Dunham, North Carolina, and counted the popular Blind Boy Fuller as a protégé. Davis’ magnificent guitar playing earned him an avid following among northern audiences after he moved to New York in the 1940s, and he toured and made numerous records before his 1972 death.

Banks Of The River - Rev. Gary Davis

Samson and Delilah - Rev. Gary Davis

Let Us Get Together - Rev. Gary Davis

Tired, My Soul Needs A Resting - Rev. Gary Davis & Suzie

Roosevelt Sykes

Roosevelt Sykes

Roosevelt Sykes (1906 – 1983) Roosevelt Sykes, known as The Honeydripper, was born in 1906 and learned piano around 1918 in Helena, Arkansas. His main influence was Lee Green, from whom he derived his 1929 hit, “44 Blues.” He began his recording career while living in St. Louis and produced nearly 125 sides between 1929 and 1942, some under pseudonyms Willie Kelly and Dobby Boggs. Sykes continued as a post-war attraction and his career was enhanced during the 1960s blues revival.

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone - Roosevelt Sykes

Sweet Old Chicago - Roosevelt Sykes