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Everybody singin' like somebody else's body. And that's pretty spooky if you think about it. I like the shows where the guy... he's like 18 years and white and he's comin' up on stage before a 90 years old bluesman [pantomimes lurching onto stage, plays really old sounding blues, wails incomprehensibly]... And then the 90 years old bluesman comes on and says, 'OK man, whassup?' Everythin's gotten like kinda spaced if you think about it... - Jerry Ricks, Port Townsend 97

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Offline blueshome

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Left-handed country blues players
« on: January 12, 2014, 04:22:21 AM »
Being a leftie (cuddy wifter) myself I wonder if we know of many LH country blues players.

I'll start with Kokomo Arnold.

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 07:17:21 AM »
According to  S Grossman (who says he learned this from P Lowry), William Brown was left handed. P Lowry (according to Stefan G) credits Alan Lomax as the source of this information.
http://stefangrossmansguitarworkshop.yuku.com/topic/4195/Willie-Brown

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 07:18:10 AM »
Elizabeth Cotten of course....

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 07:25:27 AM »
I believe John Lee Ziegler, who was recorded by George Mitchell, was a lefty.

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 08:00:43 AM »
And Dr Ross the Harmonica Boss!

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 08:12:12 PM »
McKinley "Kinney" Ellis, Baby Tate's friend, was a southpaw. And, yes, Alan did mention en passant that William Brown ("Mississippi Blues") was too when I worked with him at the LofC.

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014, 06:11:14 AM »
Of course another aspect of this is who played right handed guitars upside down (E Cotten and I Ross) and who played left handed guitars a la Blueshome?

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014, 06:31:25 AM »
Interestingly, when right-handers learn we are taught to do what is arguably the difficult bit, i.e. fretting, with the left or weaker hand...
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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014, 07:15:15 AM »
Arguably the right hand does the bit requiring greater power and stamina?

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2014, 10:51:08 AM »
There's the Northside Southpaws.  They're a contemporary mandolin and guitar duo from Chicago playing mostly old rags and blues.  Both of 'em, lefties.

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2014, 11:05:13 AM »
And for present-day players, Michael Roach.

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014, 10:58:52 AM »
Fellow Weenies,

Just spotted this topic and remembered a CD I worked on with Charles Wolfe years ago--"The Legendary DeFord Bailey: Country Music's First Black Star."

In addition to the superb harp playing, DeFord plays guitar (fingerstyle blues) and five-string banjo on these home recordings, left-handed and backwards!

The track of "Lost John" on banjo, with his thumb playing the 1st string is especially interesting. He's also a fine singer.
DeFord said he learned to play guitar and banjo from the McGee Bros. while they were all travelling with Uncle Dave Macon.....DeFord had time to kill since he couldn't accompany the white folks into restaurants and other places.

Another example of the irony in American race relations, I guess.
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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2014, 07:32:32 AM »
I'm a lefty too

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Re: Left-handed country blues players
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2014, 07:39:32 AM »
Phil,

Is that a Martin 0028vs? Is it a stock Model?

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