Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mississippi John Hurt

Recognizing another fine picker and country blues singer from the past, Mississippi John Hurt.

John Smith Hurt was born near Avalon, Mississippi on July 3, 1893, or maybe in March 1892.
A self-taught guitarist, his style is all his own, never derivative.  He said that he played guitar the way it should sound.

Working as a farmer, Hurt played for local soirees.  He chose to stay near home.  But in 1963 he was ferreted out by a blues lover and persuaded to go to Washington and share his talent with the world.  The story of his recording for the Library of Congress and other public appearances is available online.

If you are ever near Avalon, Mississippi, visit the Mississippi John Hurt Museum.

Mississippi John Hurt  1893 - 1966  RIP


Shelly said...

What a terrific way to start the morning- he was a true talent.

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vanilla said...

Shelly, glad you liked it.

Grace, man could make music!

Sharkbytes said...

I like blues the way those originals played it.

vanilla said...

Shark, there is something about it. Authenticity, perhaps?