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Skip James

Among the initial & most influential Delta bluesmen to record, Omit James was the best-known proponent of the so-called Bentonia school of blues players, a genre stress invested with just as much fanciful scholarly “study” as any. Coupling an oddball electric guitar tuning established against eerie, falsetto vocals, Adam’ early recordings will make the locks operate on the trunk of your neck of the guitar. Even more astonishing was when blues scholars rediscovered him within the ’60s and discovered his performing and playing abilities unchanged. Influencing everyone from a Robert Johnson (Skip’s “Devil Got My Girl” became the foundation of Johnson’s “Hellhound on My Path”) to Eric Clapton (who documented Adam’ “I’m Therefore Glad” over the first Cream record), Skip Adam’ music, while from a typically shared regional custom, remains infused along with his own exclusive personal spirit.

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