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The blues sung by an unspoiled singer in the South, sung without the binding restrictions of a conventional piano accompaniment or orchestral arrangement, grow up like a wild flowering vine in the woods - Lomax John & Alan, 1941, quoted in Red River Blues

Author Topic: Nathaniel Beauregard  (Read 1278 times)

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Offline doctorpep

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Nathaniel Beauregard
« on: February 26, 2008, 02:10:12 PM »
I recently had the opportunity to hear Nathaniel Beuregard's two or three songs he performed at the 1968 Memphis Folk Festival. I'm wondering if one should consider his performances of "Highway 61" and "Kid Gal Blues" to be somewhat indicative of what Blues sounded like in its beginning stages. My initial reasoning was this: Beuregard was born in the 1860's. Moments later, I realized that it's fully possible that he didn't hear Blues until the 1920's and didn't start playing until the 1930's. I don't know the man's life story, so all I can do is speculate. He doesn't even have a biography on Allmusic.com! Interestingly enough, this seemingly ancient link to the Blues of yesteryear plays electric guitar at the festival. Any comments or information would be greatly appreciated.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2008, 10:48:52 AM by Johnm »
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Offline Rivers

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Re: Nathaniel Beuregard
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 06:05:41 PM »
All I know is Steve James used to help him out in Memphis, told some very funny stories about that experience at a Port Townsend workshop one time. Come to Port T this year and you can ask him!

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Re: Nathaniel Beuregard
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 06:35:40 PM »
Just in the interest of accuracy, it's Beauregard, isn't it?

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Nathaniel Beuregard
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 11:20:54 PM »
See Tags. He's been the topic of discussion here previously and there's also a discography at Stefan's site.

 


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