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?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.