Mississippi John Hurt’s Influence on the 1960s Folk Scene and Beyond
In the folk music boom in New York in the 1960s, the music of guitarist Mississippi John Hurt was a huge influence on players like Happy Traum, John Sebastian, and others.
The biographical details are often sketchy, but the music of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, John Hurt, and scores of other Delta blues artists is gloriously rich, nuanced, and instantly recognizable. Thanks to the miracle of recording, the sounds of Mississippi's early 20th century African-American culture are alive to the entire world. Here's a collection of articles for today's blues exponents and aficionados, including a review of essential reading for blues fans.