Saturday, January 26, 2008

Booker White 'The Jelly Roll Blues'

While I'm having a bit of a blues phase I thought I'd better put up this clip of Booker - sometimes called Bukka - White - one of the great primitive delta bluesmen and certainly someone who was influenced by Charley Patton in the gravelly voice department. Another former inmate of the famous Parchman prison farm Booker White was rediscovered in the early 60s by John Fahey by simply addressing a letter to him care of Aberdeen Mississippi - one of the towns immortalised in song by him. Watch him play that very song here. You know I'd quite like to visit the places immortalised by the great blues singers - don't suppose I ever will though.