Bentonia blues styles

Blake Wintory bwintor@comp.uark.edu
Tue Jun 16 22:05:48 EDT 1998


The Testament recording of Jack Owens and Bud Spires is called It Must
Have Been the Devil, TCD 5016.  Also, don't forget that Owens and Spires
appear on Robert Palmer's Deep Blues soundtrack.

Blake Wintory

Tom Freeland wrote:

> On 16 Jun 98 at 13:12, Maggie Mortensen wrote:
>
> > Man, the deejay I was listening to must've had some stupendous
> > record collection (or been a stupendous liar), 'cause he played at
> > least four or five artists whose names I hadn't heard of, and I
> > can't believe our two resident Mississippi experts wouldn't know
> > about them.
> >
> > I'll have to try to catch his show next Sunday and call him about
> > it...
> >
> > The description of a player who uses only his thumb and first 3
> > fingers doesn't ring a bell with you, Tom?
>
> Doesn't ring a bell with me, or with Peter Lee (I called him and
> asked).  He's also convinced that James, Owens, and Henry
> Stuckey were it (so far) for Bentonia recordings (Bud Spires
> recorded with Owens, btw, and I didn't name him.
>
> Peter Lee recorded Joseph Stuckey (kin of Henry Stuckey who taught
> Skip James), Cleo Pullman (harp player), Tommy Lee West, Holmes
> Brothers, Jack Owens, and Bud Spires. It's mainly acoustic and will
> have 15-18 tracks. The recordings were made summer before last.
>
> Tom Freeland


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