January 20 is the birthday of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly (c. 1888–1949). Smithsonian Folkways is celebrating with a new social media series, “Lead Belly: Song by Song.” This will be followed on February 24 by the release of Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, a multi-CD set of recordings spanning the artist’s career.
A new book with wonderful photos of blues musicians . . . And check out the excellent collection of audio files down the page linked below!
As founder and executive director of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Tim Duffy snapped photos while helping musicians make ends meet. The photos and captions in his new book of his black-and-white photography tell a rich and vivid history of the life and music of these artists.