Skip James – biography

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Piedmont, Pre war blues, Roi Geyari, Skip James

Author: Roi Geyari



“Nehemiah Curtis James was born on June 21, 1902 according to most sources, although some sources suggest that he was born on June 9 of the same year. He was born in Bentonia, a small town in Yazoo County, Mississippi.
Not much is known about the early years of his life. He got the nickname “Skip” or “Skippy” from his friends when he was very young. There are a few speculations of why he got that name. Whether it was because of his strange walking, or maybe because of the fact that he never stayed anywhere for long and often “skipped” from place to place, nobody is quite sure. One thing is certain. He didn’t realize at that time that the name “Skip James” will become one of the most legendary and recognizable names in blues history.”



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