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Fiddlin’ Joe Martin

b. 8 January 1900, Edwards, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 November 1975, Wall space, Mississippi, USA. Martin discovered electric guitar and trombone being a guy, later on adding mandolin and bass fiddle (therefore his nickname). He turned to washboard and drums in the 40s after harming his hands inside a open fire. He caused many Delta blues performers, including Charley Patton, Willie ‘Hambone’ Newbern, Johnnie Temple, Memphis Minnie, Willie Brownish and Son Home, recording using the last two for the Library of Congress in 1940. Martin performed drums for Howlin’ Wolf until Wolf relocated north, but his most long lasting association was with Woodrow Adams; he made an appearance on all Adams’ recordings, plus they worked well Mississippi juke bones collectively until Martin’s loss of life.

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