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Etta Baker

Guitarist Etta Baker quietly enjoyed among the blues’ most enduring professions, employed in almost total obscurity and saving only on the rarest of events even though honing her build through the entire greater area of the 20th hundred years. Blessed in Caldwell State, NC, on March 31, 1913, she was …

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John Renbourn

Within the ’60s and ’70s, John Renbourn was among the leading lights from the British folk scene because the founder from the eclectic and innovative folk-rock band the Pentangle, who added the melodic twists and structural freedoms of jazz towards the dark but compelling traditions of U.K. folk. After departing …

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Eric Von Schmidt

Painter, illustrator, vocalist/songwriter, and folksinger Eric Von Schmidt was a spearhead from the folk revival that swept through Cambridge, Massachusett’s Harvard Square in the first ’60s. When he wasn’t hosting late-night jam classes at his house/studio room, Von Schmidt was carrying out Leadbelly-influenced tunes in coffeehouses and uplifting several decades …

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Eric Taylor

Although a Georgia native, Eric Taylor found fame in Tx, where his folksinging influenced both Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith (both of whom have recorded his songs). Taylor got a trip to Houston in 1970, and after viewing Lightnin’ Hopkins and Townes Vehicle Zandt, was persuaded to remain. He emerged …

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Cephas & Wiggins

The duo of acoustic guitarist John Cephas and harpist Phil Wiggins enjoyed a partnership spanning many decades, where time they emerged among modern music’s most noticeable exponents from the Piedmont blues tradition. Both had been given birth to in Washington, D.C., although Wiggins was 25 % century more youthful than …

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Jeff Lang

Australian singer/songwriter Jeff Lang became thinking about music at age 8, when he started playing the clarinet. As a teenager, he turned to electric guitar and began executing being a blues guitarist at 17, helping performers like Albert Collins, Rory Gallagher, and Trudy Lynn. His musical vocabulary extended to add …

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Eric Bibb

Like Josh White, Jr. — boy of folksinger Josh White colored — vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Eric Bibb grew up within the folk custom, the boy of folksinger Leon Bibb. Bibb’s uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, area of the Contemporary Jazz Quartet. Bibb grew up …

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David Johansen

Most widely known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential NY Dolls, David Johansen was a genuine chameleon; through the entire course of a profession which noticed him transform from a lipstick-smeared proto-punk hero into an urbane blue-eyed spirit man and lastly right into a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard, he continued …

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Watermelon Slim

Watermelon Slim (his true name is Costs Homans) was created in Boston but raised in NEW YORK, where, he says, he was initially subjected to the blues in age five. He sang in choirs and glee night clubs as a kid, but he started seriously embracing music following a tour …

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Ruthie Foster

Using a naturally expressive voice which has drawn comparisons to greats like Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald, Texas-based singer and songwriter Ruthie Foster includes a wide palette of American song forms — gospel and blues to jazz, folk, and soul — and her live performances are powerfully transfiguring. Foster was …

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