Casey Bill Weldon
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
10 July 1909, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA. Weldon was briefly married to Memphis Minnie in the 20s, and made his recording debut with the Memphis Jug Band in 1927, also recording under the name of Will Weldon. He sang in a high, straining voice, and played chugging guitar, which, in duet with Vol Stevens, emulated the playing of Charley Jordan. Weldon reappeared in Chicago in 1935, having allegedly made his way there via Kansas City (hence his nickname, a version of K.C.). His singing became deeper and warmer, embellished with falsetto, while his guitar-playing had changed even more radically. Sometimes billed as the Hawaiian Guitar Wizard, he now played steel guitar with a slide. He was evidently influenced by Hawaiian players such as Sol Hoopii (and possibly by western swing guitarists such as Leon McAuliffe), but he remained firmly rooted in blues. Extensively recorded, Weldon composed the standards Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of...