James, Skip

James, Skip – The Complete 1931 Sessions (LP)

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Nehemiah Curtis James, better known by his
nickname “Skip”, was one of many Delta blues
artists to be re-discovered during the 1960s, after
the folk blues revival movement took hold of
the US. His deep playing-style, which matched
intricate, classically-inspired finger-picking
techniques, with melodies playing in a darker, minor
key, stood out from his contemporaries, and
inspired an entire school of forthgoing bluesmen
from his home in Bentonia, Mississippi, as well as
future blues pupils like Muddy Waters, John Fahey,
Alvin Youngblood Hart, and many others.
Though Skip James would reach blues paragon
status in his later years, prior to the 1960s he had
only produced one album’s worth of sides. In 1931
he met with the legendary blues label Paramount
to record a selection of singles, mostly covers of
blues classics and spirituals, with a few original
compositions in between. Singles which danced
between genres and sounds deftly, and were
considered peculiar by then modern blues
standards. James had the unfortunate luck
of having to release it immediately as the Great
Depression hit America, resulting in very
poor sales, and James quitting blues until his
re-discovery. Yazoo now presents these singles,
compiled into The Complete 1931 Session, which
catalogues his renditions of tracks like “Devil Got
My Woman”, “Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader”,
“Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”, and what could be
considered his signature song; the quick-paced
two-step blues ditty “I’m So Glad.”

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Weight7.8 oz







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