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Skip James

Discussion in 'Blues & Jazz' started by Garrett, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Garrett

    Garrett ✯ Blues Man ✯

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    Apr 27, 2011

    Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James

    June 9, 1902 / October 3, 1969


    The only known photograph of James in his youth.

    His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate finger picking technique.

    My Source: Skip James`s Bio @ Blues Search


    1. Devil Got My Woman
    2. Cypress Grove Blues
    3. Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
    4. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
    5. Drunken Spree
    6. Cherry Ball Blues
    7. Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
    8. Illinois Blues
    9. How Long "Buck"
    10. 4 O'Clock Blues
    11. 22-20 Blues
    12. Hard Luck Child
    13. If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road
    14. Be Ready When He Comes
    15. Yola My Blues Away
    16. I'm So Glad
    17. What Am I To Do Blues
    18. Special Rider Blues


    Here is some great footage of Skip performing......

  2. Phil B.

    Phil B. Far Out Man!

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    The combination of James' lonely vocals and his mastery of the dark side of the acoustical guitar make for some heavy blues. These tunes are why they call it the Blues.

    I think it's pretty cool that he virtually dropped out of the musical scene for 30 years and then showed up in the early 60's at the Newport Folk Festival.

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