Kokomo Arnold

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues classic blues acoustic blues acoustic guitar Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

15 February 1901, Lovejoy’s Station, Georgia, USA. d. 8 November 1968, Chicago, Illinois, USA. ‘Kokomo’ Arnold was a left-handed slide blues guitarist who learned the basics of his style from his cousin, James Wigges. After working in steel mills in Illinois and Pennsylvania he became a dedicated fisherman and moonshiner, who looked upon his musical success as an adjunct to ‘real life’. Arnold developed an unorthodox method of playing guitar, based on a style that had originally been popular in a few states in the Deep South. He held the instrument flat, using a slide to create an eerie, ringing sound. Unlike the relaxed and often casual approach of many of his contemporaries, Arnold’s was an urgent, aggressive style, and he achieved remarkable results with his unusual method of guitar playing and the curiously high-pitched, often unintelligible, singing that accompanied it. Interspersed in these wailings would be sudden bursts of...

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