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January 27th, 2009

Blind Blake

Blindblake.jpgDuring the mid 1920s, the unexpectedly strong sales of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s Paramount 78’s sent record scouts scrambling to sign male blues artists. One of their best discoveries was Blind Blake, a swinging, sophisticated guitarist whose warm, relaxed voice was a far cry from harsh country blues. Some of Blake’s 78’s cast him as swinging jazzman or jivey hipster, while others walked the long, lonely road to the gallows. The man with the “famous piano-sounding guitar” is still regarded as the unrivaled master of ragtime blues fingerpicking. {via}

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