Monday, December 20, 2010

Heroes of the Blues featured artist: Charley Patton

Charley Patton (1890-1934)

Heroes of the Blues Trading Tees Card #26

Art by R. Crumb Text by Stephen Calt

One of the most influential Mississippi blues musicians, Charley Patton was born in the 1890's and raised in the Delta town of Dockery. By 1910 he was already an established performer, known for such songs as "Pony Blues" and "Banty Rooster Blues." A prolific artist, he recorded more titles (forty-two) within a single year than any blues artist of the decade. After his debut in 1929, his blend of comedy effects and hard blues gave him a unique musical identity. He died in 1934 and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980.

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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