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A Folklorist Speaks

 Hudie Ledbetter, also known as Lead Belly, was discovered by legendary folklorist John T. Lomax in the Louisiana prison system after he was convicted of attempted homicide. 26 more words

Folk Art

This Historic Day In Music: John & Alan Lomax Meet Huddie Ledbetter

This is a reprise of a post that originally appeared on sixstr stories in July, 2010.

In early June, 1933, Texas-based Folk song collector John Lomax and his 18-year-old son, Alan, drove out of Dallas on a mission. 556 more words

This Historic Day In Music

Blues and Rhythm Show 184 on 93.3 CFMU (Hamilton, Ontario)

Swear to Tell the Truth for Tuesday, June 16th, (1:00-2:30 pm)

Our program for Juneteenth. Juneteenth, trditionally June 19th, the date marking the American government’s enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas when Texas was slow to comply. 142 more words

Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection.


Huddie Leadbetter, better known as Lead Belly is perhaps more remembered than listened to these days. His reputation as a mean man (he served two sentences for manslaughter with the story going that he sang his way out of doing his full time so impressed were the governors with his music) preceded him and was often used as a hook to draw audiences in when he played. 323 more words

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Song of the Day - 4/15/15

Day 1 of the trip to Texas started in Dallas with some good beer bars and the beginning of run of red meat focused meals. The next week or so will feature only artists from Texas so sit back and enjoy. 10 more words

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Relax Your Mind

I woke up earlier than my thoughts said I ought to this morning. I realized, too, that it wasn’t that I even felt that tired then, but I just thought I should be sleeping more. 200 more words

ASESINATOS, PRISIONES Y CANCIONES. LA HISTORIA DE LEADBELLY.

Publicado en Evaristo Cultural en abril de 2015

Si los epitafios rindieran auténtico honor a la vida y obra de quienes homenajean, si se refirieran a los hechos que marcaron la vida de éstos de manera fiel e innegable y al pie de la letra, la lápida que descansa sobre la tumba de Huddie William Ledbetter, enclavada en el suelo firme del cementerio de la iglesia de Shiloh, en las afueras de Shreveport, Louisiana, debería rezar algo así como “Aquí yace Leadbelly, Cantante, Guitarrista, Compositor y Asesino, 1885-1949” Teniendo en cuenta que quizás no hubiera resultado la descripción más indicada para acompañar a una tumba que, finalmente, descansa junto a un templo bautista, la inscripción “Una leyenda de Louisiana, Rey de las Doce Cuerdas” seguramente resultó más oportuna al momento de describir al más emblemático cantante y músico negro de folk americano de la historia. 3,412 more words

Marcelo Sonaglioni