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The Panama Limited

Bukka White

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Album Review

Bukka White recorded the material on this disc between 1930 and 1940, and offers an excellent account of his pre-World War II output. Indeed, although White won legions of fans on his "re-discovery" (and with good reason), many people would argue that he never bettered his earliest recordings. He wisely concentrates on these earlier works on Panama Limited. White's slide guitar work is not only superb but justifiably legendary, and on many songs (such as the magnificent "Fixin' To Die Blues") it is absolutely mesmerizing. Panama Limited is a superb collection of Bukka White's finest recordings. Despite not being heavily annotated, this album bears the mark of an artist who has been unfairly ignored for too long.

Biography

Born: 12 November 1906 in Houston, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Bukka White (true name: Booker T. Washington White) was born in Houston, Mississippi (not Houston, Texas) in 1906 (not any date between 1902-1905 or 1907-1909, as is variously reported). He got his initial start in music learning fiddle tunes from his father. Guitar instruction soon followed, but White's grandmother objected to anyone playing "that Devil music" in the household; nonetheless, his father eventually bought him a guitar. When Bukka White was 14 he spent some time with an uncle in Clarksdale,...
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