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You hear these songs, and they're incredibly moving. But when we talk about it as being raw or authentic, it discounts just how hard this stuff was to play and how musically sophisticated and innovative it was. There's a sense of almost remarginalizing it by talking about it as this primitive music that sprung up in the cotton fields, when in fact, it's incredibly skilled and impressive music - Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 rpm Records

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Offline lindy

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Cedell Davis Obit
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:53:12 PM »

I encourage y'all to read this. Cedell had polio as a child, got trampled by stampeding customers in a bar when someone pulled out a gun, had a stroke late in life, but continued to perform despite his physical challenges. The polio stopped him from using his right hand to pick, so he learned how to use a knife as a slide with an "upside-down" guitar. Traveled and played with Robert Nighthawk.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/obituaries/cedell-davis-bluesman-dies.html?hpw&rref=obituaries&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

Here's an extended video someone made about him. There's a nice scene at 38-39 minutes with Cedell playing at a house party for a group of dancers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmXgADPjuwg&feature=youtu.be&t=2316
« Last Edit: October 01, 2017, 06:57:15 PM by lindy »

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Re: Cedell Davis Obit
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 12:05:28 AM »
I was introduced to Cedell's work on a now-forgotten vid compilation. What a distinctive sound he had! We shan't hear his like again anytime soon!
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Re: Cedell Davis Obit
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2017, 02:21:08 AM »
T. DeWayne Moore
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