Sunday, June 03, 2007

Blues Break: Mississippi John Hurt - "Lonesome Valley Blues"

The great Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966) dazzles Pete and (I think) Peggy Seeger, probably on the Seegers' Rainbow Quest TV show in 1965 or so. Hurt enjoyed a brief musical career in the 1920's but soon, during the Depression, went back to his life as a sharecropper in Avalon, Mississippi. He was rediscovered by ethnomusicologist Tom Hoskins in 1963, performed widely and produced several highly influential albums.

It may be possible to sit passively during any of Hurt's performances, but why would anyone want to bother?

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