Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Heroes of the Blues Featured Artist: Skip James

Skip James (1902-1969)

Heroes of the Blues Trading Tees Card #14

Art by R. Crumb Text by Stephen Calt

Nehemiah (Skip) James was born in 1902 and raised in Bentonia, Mississippi. He learned guitar in his late teens from a local player, Henry Stuckey, and began piano soon afterwards under the tutelage of an old Arkansas performer, Will Crabtree. A professional blues musician from 1924 onward, James recorded seventeen sides for Paramount in 1931, and entered the clergy the same year. His "I'm so Glad" became a rock hit shortly before his death in 1969. Skip James was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1992.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this Keep On Truckin' Apparel exclusive t-shirt will be donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation.

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