Mississippi Sheiks

Genres: Blues
Descriptive "tags": blues delta blues country blues folk classic blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This musical combination flourished between 1930 and 1935, during which time they recorded more than 80 tracks for various ‘race’ labels. The Sheiks was a string band made up of members and friends of the Chatmon family, and included Lonnie Chatmon aka Lonnie Chatman/Lonnie Carter (guitar/violin), Sam Chatmon aka Sam Chatman/Sam Carter (10 January 1897, Bolton, Mississippi, USA, d. 2 February 1983, Hollandale, Mississippi, USA; guitar), Walter Vincson aka Walter Vinson/Walter Jacobs (b. 2 February 1901, Bolton, Mississippi, USA, d. 22 April 1975, Chicago, Illinois, USA; guitar/violin), Bo Carter (b. Armenter Chatmon, 21 March 1893, Bolton, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 September 1964, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; guitar), and Charlie McCoy (b. 1909, USA, d. 1950, USA; banjo/mandolin). Vocal chores were handled by all the members. Most of these individuals pursued independent musical careers either at this time or later. The instrumental abilities of all members...

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