Bukka White

Today is the birthday of Delta blues guitarist and singer Booker T. Washington White, a.k.a Bukka White (1909-1977). A native of Aberdeen, Mississippi, he was the first cousin of B.B. King’s mother. One of the seminal open-tuning blues slide players, he cut his first record for Victor in 1930, and was still recording through the folk and blues revival of the 1960s.

This amazing clip dates from that period, notable for the crazy mix of percussive fingerpicking and slide work. How is possible to have any flesh left on your bones after playing like that?

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