Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hot Shots: #6 - Skip James - Crow Jane

If you've heard of Skip James it's probably down to you being a blues fan, or you were arrested by his haunting 'I'd Rather Be The Devil' in the movie Ghost World. 'Haunting' is an understatement - it's otherworldly, chilling and dark. That one man and a guitar could transmit create a world of anguish and isolation is astonishing. Go give it a listen if you haven't yet.

Here's some latter day Skip James, with an ostensibly more upbeat song - but that sepulchral falsetto remains, and the subject matter is horribly misogynistic. Check out James' wonderfully fluid fingerpicking in the Piedmont style as you enjoy this rather nasty murder ballad.


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