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Charley Patton

Charley Patton - Spoonful Blues

A song about cocaine

It has been suggested by some kind sirs in the comments that maybe Charley was head of some clandestine tea drinking coven. There are some that say Shakespeare never wrote those plays but they were written by Elizabeth 1 while she was waiting for some blind beggar to be beheaded for stealing an apple from her orchard.

Cheick Hamala Diabate

Cheick Hamala Diabate is a musician from Mali, West Africa who has been nominated for a Grammy award. Using Adelphi, Marylandas his home he travels all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the United States Senate, and the Smithsonian Institution. Cheick Hamala was born into a griot family in Kita, Mali. From a young age he learned to play the ngoni, a stringed instrument related to the American banjo. In addition, Cheick has learned the history of Mali passed down for over 800 years. Cheick has performed internationally.

Peg Leg Howell & Eddie Anthony

Atlanta street singer Peg Leg Howell wasn't really much of a guitarist, but his songs, many of which were made up of fragments of street vendor calls and other pre-blues material, have a sort of greasy and rough-hewed grace to them, and when combined with Eddie Anthony's careening fiddle runs, achieved a distinct sound (part string band, part hokum jug band) all too rare in early blues. His "Skin Game Blues" is a poignant and perfectly nuanced classic in the genre, while "Coal Man Blues" is an early statement and indictment of class distinction in the American South.

James Cole String Band

James Cole was one of a small number of black fiddlers from the historic '20s and '30s stringband days whose playing managed to be documented on recording, but he certainly isn't one of any small number of people named James Cole. Factor in a few named Jimmy Cole and there is the making of some kind of not all-star, but cool all-Cole combo. There is even strong reason to believe there were actually two fiddlers from the same era named James Cole, but even some of the most intense detectives from the ethnomusicology department have given up sorting out who is who.