Tuesday, February 14

Big Joe Williams (October 16, 1903 – December 17, 1982)

Wikipedia - "Joseph Lee 'Big Joe' Williams (October 16, 1903 – December 17, 1982) was an American Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. ... Born in Oktibbeha County, a few miles west of Crawford, Mississippi, Williams as a youth began wandering across the United States busking and playing in stores, bars, alleys and work camps. In the early 1920s he worked in the Rabbit Foot Minstrels revue. He recorded with the Birmingham Jug Band in 1930 for Okeh Records. In 1934, he was in St. Louis, Missouri, where he met the record producer Lester Melrose, who signed him to Bluebird Records in 1935. He stayed with Bluebird for ten years, recording such blues hits as 'Baby, Please Don't Go' (1935) and 'Crawlin' King Snake' (1941), both of which were later covered by many other musicians. ..."
Me and Big Joe Williams by Michael Bloomfield
amazon: Blues on Highway 49 (Video)
YouTube: Baby Please Don't Go, She Left Me A Mule To Ride, Big Joe Williams pt 1, pt 2

2014 September: "Baby, Please Don't Go", 2016 February: West Oakland - 1940s and ’50s