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Preachin' the BluesThe Life and Times of Son House$
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Daniel Beaumont

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001

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Father of the Folk Blues

Father of the Folk Blues


(p.127) Chapter 8 Father of the Folk Blues
Preachin' the Blues

Daniel Beaumont

Oxford University Press

In the spring of 1964, Joe Beard moved into an apartment at 67 Greig Street and became neighbors with Son House; with their common interest in the blues, Beard and House quickly became friends. The blues still played a significant part in House's life, as manifested in his new musical friendship with Beard, and this would then lead to the revival of his professional career. During 1960 and the years that followed, House's revived career under Dick Waterman's management can be summed up by the following: touring, recording, and interviews. Like Mississippi John Hurt, House was welcomed into the music scene of the 1960s and played at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, the New York Folk Festival in July 1965, and the October 1967 European tour of the American Folk Festival along with Skip James and Bukka White.

Keywords:   Joe Beard, blues music, Son House, Dick Waterman, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White

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