Saturday, 28 January 2012


Luke Jordan would have been 120 years old today. The beguiling Piedmont blues artist was born somewhere in Appomattox County, VA this day in 1892. This marker for him can be found in Lynchburg:

To listen to his 1927 'Church Bell Blues', referred to above, is to feel affected by the beauty of his voice and struck by the song's inclusion of a commonstock formula that Willie McTell was to "jump his way" and incorporate into his own 'Statesboro Blues' the year after. Here is that Luke Jordan track:

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