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Skip James

Skip James
Born: Jun 21, 1902 in Bentonia, MS
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Died: Oct 3, 1969 in Philadelphia, PA
Genre: Blues
Biography: Among the earliest and most influential Delta bluesmen to record, Skip James was the best-known proponent of the so-called Bentonia school of blues players, a genre strain invested with as much fanciful scholarly "research" as any. Coupling an oddball guitar tuning set against eerie, falsetto vocals, ...Read full biography
Released: 1965
Label: Vanguard
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As quiet as it was kept then, Skip James might have made the best music of anyone who resurfaced during the mid-'60s "rediscovery" era for Mississippi country blues types. Certainly, there weren't many ...Read full review
She Lyin'
Released: 1964
Label: Genes Records
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By the time James had been rediscovered in the 1960s, he was still capable of playing entrancing, dynamic music, but was much less consistent and not as striking a vocalist. It was a testimony to his greatness ...Read full review
More Skip James albums: Main Albums (10), Compilations (35)
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