Recorded by Lomax in 1936 at the Virginia State penitentiary farm, this song from the blind banjo blues player is one of my favorites of early country blues. I thought it might not have come up before so I wanted to share.
Strother was pardoned by the governor in 1939 for the murder he was serving time for, if you’d like to read more about that seemingly tragic story here’s a link I found (short bio followed by documents and a brief explanation of his case at the bottom):
Fascinating history but probably a little too gritty for the HO!
Enjoy the tune!
I guess, Lomax documented that he is playing a banjo. On this recording it is hard to say if it's a banjo or a guitar.
The second link you posted, does not get me to that story…
Edited by - Emiel on 03/30/2020 08:01:22
Wait a hot minute, I hear the bass strings in there. This is a guitar. Or one of those big wooden six string banjos, if you will. His other banjo recordings tricked my ear all this time.
Kindly bury this memory.
There’s his Cripple Creek, actually on a banjo!
The short story is there, beneath the photo gallery. You have to dig into the documents for particulars I believe.
My foot is just the right size for my mouth it seems.
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