Guitar Greats

Skip James

Since the beginning of the blues, people have connected emotionally with the sound of a moaning, bent guitar string. In the early days of the blues, specifically in the Mississippi Delta, there was some mean guitar being played by men pioneering a style that would change American (and world) music forever. Some of the early blues guitar greats (roughly spanning the 1920’s & 1930’s) include Delta greats like Robert Johnson (who supposedly sold his soul to the devil to be able to play so well), Son House, Charley Patton, Skip James, and blues and swing great Lonnie Johnson. There are many recordings that we can listen to from these great masters of blues guitar, but due to the limited technology in those early recording days, we also have plenty of scratches & surface noise to go through to uncover some of the genius these players had…

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