As a master of the Piedmont finger-style tradition, guitarist and singer Reverend Gary Davis was a towering presence inspired by gospel, the blues, and ragtime. Born blind in Laurens, South Carolina, he worked as a street performer in Harlem, New York and taught at the Home of the Blues Music School before recording the seminal Gospel Blues and Street Songs in 1956. Achieving acclaim on the folk/blues touring circuit with an extensive musical repertoire, he performed before audiences of thousands and inspired musicians like Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal.
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Volume 1 portrays 35 outstanding musical legends that have shaped and continue to inspire America’s rich jazz tradition.
Volume 2 portrays 35 outstanding musical Blues legends that have helped begin most other forms of music.