Let’s Explore The Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi John Hurt is a very interesting story. Born in 1893 (maybe 1892) , he self-taught on the guitar and began recording in 1928. What he recorded ended up as a commercial failure and he faded from history, becoming a farmer. The story could have easily ended here, except for one man, Tom Hoskins, who discovered a copy of Avalon Blues and made it his business to find him and talk him into playing again. He was successful and thus began a new career for John Hurt. He began recording and playing again in 1964 and performed until his death in 1966. He was instrumental in the rediscovery of many lost artists and their works. This is the song that prompted the search for him.
Avalon Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
He only recorded 13 songs back in 1928, but his influence is far beyond these songs. Another of his songs out of these sessions is attached below. You can note that the style of playing he preferred was a fast, no pick method that he picked up while teaching himself to play.
Frankie – Mississippi John Hurt
As a finale, a live tv interview circa 1965 which includes a great version of Spike Driver Blues. No, make that phenomenal, what a guitar player.