Joe Thompson, American musician, RIP
February 24, 2012 6:33 PM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (9 comments total)
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African-American fiddler Joe Thompson
, probably the last living link to the black string band tradition of the 19th century, has died at the grand old age of 93
. Hear Joe and his cousin, banjoist Odell (who passed on back in 1994) offer some reminiscences on the origins of their music, and a spirited rendition of Cindy Gal
. Here's the short but sweet and deliciously ragged Old Corn Liquor
. Hear Joe and Odell in concert in 1988, part one
and part two
, and this little ditty from a living room
in 1987. And there's...
Here's a little more on Joe and Odell Thompson from Folkstreams
Also at Folkstreams, Joe and Odell appear in the excellent Alan Lomax-produced film Appalachian Journey
Joe was an early mentor
to North Carolina's popular roots music band the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Finally, here's Joe's offering of the old spiritual I Shall Not Be Moved
. No fiddling here, just Joe singing, displaying the kind of unaffected, powerfully simple vocal delivery that can't help but take you back to a bygone era of musical honesty.