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Papa Harvey Hull & Long Cleve Reed

Most likely from northern Mississippi, Hull and Reed, as well as guitarist Sunny Wilson, formed a little band of black songsters. Reed and Wilson’s two-guitar accompaniment was a mixture of parlour electric guitar and ragtime. They sang blues, but a lot of their repertoire was in the turn from the hundred years, when blues had not been yet the prominent dark music, and included ballads, medication show materials, and coon music; their harmony performing, as well, was of a youthful age group. Long Cleve Reed could also have already been Big Boy Cleveland, who documented soon after Hull and Reed, playing a glide electric guitar blues and ‘Quill Blues’, a fife single unparalleled on industrial race records.

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