Sunday, November 13, 2011

Heroes of the Blues featured artist of the week Blind Blake

Blind Blake (1893-1933)

Heroes of the Blues Trading Tees Card #4

Art by R. Crumb Text by Stephen Calt

Jacksonville, Florida's Arthur (Blind) Blake ranks among the most accomplished rag and blues guitarists of all time. In the 1920's he based his career in Chicago. Between 1926 and 1932 he recorded nearly eighty sides for Paramount, afterwards fading into obscurity. Unlike many blind blues preformers, Blake played up-tempo dance-oriented music. His polished technique and effortless-sounding improvisations attracted many imitators, but admitted no equals. Blind Blake was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1990.

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.

Image copyright of Shanachie Entertainment Corporation.

A Keep On Truckin' Apparel exclusive design.

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