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Together with Woody Guthrie, Hudie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, is considered a founding father of the American folk music movement. The “king of the 12-string guitar” was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in the year of 1888. 203 more words

Original Music & Songs

Leadbelly on Good Friday

They hung him on a cross…for me.

The Welcome Wagon takes up Leadbelly’s lyric, “He never said a mumblin’ word.”


Album Review: The Oak Ridge Boys - '17th Avenue Revival'

The Oak Ridge Boys started out as a gospel quartet, and after many years in country music have returned to their roots for this latest album, produced by Dave Cobb. 258 more words

Album Reviews

Stewball | Leadbelly

One version of “Skewball Ballads” by the bluesman Leadbelly

More informations about Skewball Ballads here.

Picture : Gun runners by Keith Luke on Unsplash.


Blue about the blues

I go to Chicago for a few days in early March, entirely for shits and giggles. I know what I’m going to do: the Art Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright’s… 750 more words


Old Songs

Ella Speed is a rag-timish folk song with four chords – and a proper assortment of lyrics and story lines. The one I sing here is what I remember from the Leadbelly recording – but I left out a lot of verses. 209 more words


Favourite Blues Tracks - Bourgeois Blues - Leadbelly

It was very rare for a Black singer to sing anything political or socially sensitive back in the thirties, forties or fifties. This was the time of segregation and white suppression. 216 more words