Monday, May 12

Rev. Robert Wilkins

Wikipedia - "Robert Timothy Wilkins (January 16, 1896 – May 26, 1987) was an American country blues guitarist and vocalist, of African American and Cherokee descent. His distinction was his versatility; he could play ragtime, blues, minstrel songs, and gospel with equal facility. Wilkins was born in Hernando, Mississippi, 21 miles from Memphis. He worked in Memphis during the 1920s at the same time as Furry Lewis, Memphis Minnie (whom he claimed to have tutored), and Son House. He also organized a jug band to capitalize on the 'jug band craze' then in vogue. Though never attaining success comparable to the Memphis Jug Band, Wilkins reinforced his local popularity with a 1927 appearance on a Memphis radio station."
NPS: Rev. Robert Timothy Wilkins - Memphis School
Illustrated Robert Wilkins discography
YouTube: Prodigal Son, Streamline 'Frisco Limited, Holy Ghost Train, Don't Let Nobody Turn You 'Round, New Stock Yard Blues, Alabama Blues, Dirty Deal Blues
YouTube: The Legendary Piedmont Recordings (Full Album) 36:40

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