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Skip James

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Good Road Camp Blues Skip James 03:50
Hard time killing floor blues Skip James 03:19
Devil Got My Woman Skip James 05:14
Crow Jane Skip James 02:59
I'm So Glad Skip James 01:56
I'm so Glad Skip James 02:55
Sick Bed Blues Skip James 04:09
Look Down the Road Skip James 03:52
Washington D.C Hospital Center Blues Skip James 04:12
Devil Got My Woman Skip James 06:20

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Everybody Ought To Live Right
I Want To Be More Like Jesus
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With his head voice, his fragile appearance and his irregular guitar playing, an anthology of broken arpeggios, "Skip" James appears as one of the strangest stylists of the Delta blues. His dark, melancholy personality is reflected in such moving compositions as "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues", the best blues about the Depression of 1929. After a first attempt at a professional career in the '30s, artistically remarkable but not financially rewarding, "Skip" James pursued other trades until his rediscovery in 1964.
Despite the cancer eating away at him, he made striking appearances at major blues festivals in America and Europe, and recorded a number of powerful albums. His composition "I'm So Glad", covered by Eric Clapton, was a huge rock hit, and the royalties from it helped pay his hospital bills.