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Hardly any details exist of the life of Blind Roosevelt Graves. Similarly, little information has survived about his recoding career. Between 1929-1936, Graves was a solo artist who went on to form the Mississippi Jook Band in 1936. This release collects all 21 of Graves' surviving sides as a solo artist and, as such, virtually replicates Document's release of his complete recorded works. There's little incentive to opt for this release — the sound quality has not improved significantly (if at all), nor are the liner notes as informative as Document's. Most fans interested in Graves would be better-served by the definitive Document release, although this would be an acceptable budget alternative.


Born: December 09, 1909 in Rose Hill, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Blind Roosevelt Graves was a Mississippi guitarist and singer who mixed secular and sacred material and cut some entertaining, celebratory party tunes as well as reverential spirituals in the '20s and '30s. He played with pianists Will Ezell and Cooney Vaughn, clarinetist Baby Jay. Graves was also a member of the Mississippi Jook Band, along with his brother -- singer and tambourine player Uaroy Graves -- and Vaughn. Very few biographical details of Blind Roosevelt Graves' life are known. He and...
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