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Skip James

If You Haven't Any Hay

Blues
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1931
  • 1931
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  • 1902
  • 1994

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Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an American delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. Born in Bentonia, Mississippi, he first learned to play guitar from another bluesman from the area, Henry Stuckey. His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate fingerpicking technique. James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931, but these recordings sold poorly due to the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity. After a long absence from the public eye, James was “rediscovered” in 1964 by three blues enthusiasts, helping further the blues and folk music revival of the 1950s and early 60s. During this period, James appeared at several folk and blues festivals and gave... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ In Illinois, up in Illinois ... I'm gonna give my baby everything she need ... I been to Chicago and I been to Detroit

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