Henry Thomas

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1874, Big Sandy, Texas, USA, d. c.1930. One of the oldest black folk artists to record during the 20s, Thomas’ highly individual repertoire of rags, breakdowns, church songs and ballads is of considerable importance to musicologists seeking to document the milieu from which the blues developed. Born to ex-slaves on a sharecropping farm in east Texas, Thomas was more than 50 when he first recorded in Chicago in July 1927. Thus, the songs from that and two other 1927 sessions, and single... Read more

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blues
country blues
folk
texas
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