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Willie Lofton

An obscure Delta blues player from Mississippi, Willie “Poor Son” Lofton falls loosely in to the Charley Patton/Tommy Johnson blues camp. His tone of voice was eerily just like Johnson’s, and his most stunning music was a edition of Johnson’s “Big Street Blues,” known as “Dark Street Blues,” which presented Lofton’s staccato acoustic guitar style, which once again has been attracted at least partly from Johnson. Lofton might have been created in Jackson, MS; at least this is the city he remaining when he journeyed north to Chicago in the mid-’30s. He previously two recording classes in Chicago in August of 1934 and November of 1935 that yielded eight edges for Decca Information, including “Dark Street Blues.” Zero other sessions have already been uncovered, and Lofton came back to Jackson in 1942, where he apparently died twenty years later.

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