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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I have no idea why I couldn't see by looking at the crappy, lifeless design of the cover that this is some hack bootlegging and repressing the same Skip James material that has been rehashed under so many different guises. Don't buy this in the belief that it will contain any material you don't already have.
If you know who Skip James is, it is a safe bet that you have already heard his early recordings. The Great Depression struck just as James's recordings were hitting the market. Sales were poor as a result, and he gave up performing the blues to become the choir director in his father's church. For the next thirty years, James made no known recordings and performed sporadically.
He was virtually unknown to the general public until about James subsequently recorded for Takoma Records , Melodeon Records , and Vanguard Records and performed at various engagements until his death from cancer in More of James's recordings have been available since his death than were available during his lifetime.
His recordings and several of his recordings and concerts from the s have been reissued on numerous compact discs, in and out of print. His songs were not initially recorded as frequently as those of other rediscovered blues musicians. James' "" inspired the name of the English group s. Lenoir and James. Brown played the part of the young James in the documentary.
James was honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in Bentonia , his hometown. James was described as aloof and moody. Skip could be sunshine, or thunder and lightning depending on his whim of the moment". He reportedly learned this tuning from his musical mentor, the unrecorded bluesman Henry Stuckey,  who in turn was said to have acquired it from Bahamian soldiers during the First World War ,  despite the fact that his service card shows he did not serve overseas.
James is sometimes associated with the Bentonia School , which is either a subgenre of blues music or a style of playing it. Calt asserts these writers failed to see that in the case of Bentonia bluesman Jack Owens , "the 'tradition' he bore primarily consisted of musical scraps from James' table". Owens and other musicians who may have been contemporaries of James were not recorded until the revival of interest in blues music in the s.
Whether the work of these musicians constituted a "school", and whether James originated it or was a member of it himself, remain open questions. Holmes learned to play in this particular style directly from Henry Stuckey, who reportedly taught James and Owens himself. Accordingly, Duck is called the "last of the Bentonia Bluesmen.