Archive for the ‘Blind Lemon Jefferson’ Category

Author: Paul Oliver
Source: The Jazz Review, vol. 2, nr 7, August 1959

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Author: Paul Swinton

Source: B&R, 121,4

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“Although he was not the first male country blues  singer/guitarist to record, Blind Lemon Jefferson  was the first to succeed commercially and his success influenced previously reluctant record companies to actively seek out and record male country blues players
in the hope of finding a similar talent. Throughout the ’20s Lemon spearheaded a boom in ‘race’ record sales that featured male down-home blues singers and such was the appeal of his recordings that in turn they were responsible for inspiring a whole new generation of blues singers. David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards’ acknowledgement being typical of many…”

 

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Author : Jas Obrecht

Source : http://jasobrecht.com/blind-lemon-jefferson-star-blues-guitar/

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“Blind Lemon Jefferson, who began recording for Paramount Records in late 1925, became the most famous bluesman of the Roaring Twenties. His 78s shattered racial barriers, becoming popular from coast to coast and influencing a generation of musicians. His best songs forged original, imagistic themes with inventive arrangements and brilliantly improvised solos. Portraits of Afro-American life during the early 1900s, his lyrics create a unique body of poetry – humorous and harrowing, jivey and risqué, a stunning view of society from the perspective of someone at the bottom. To this day, he ranks among the most gifted and individualistic artists in blues history.”

 

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