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Step by Step: Lesley Riddle Meets the Carter Family: Blues, Country and Sacred Songs contains several field recordings Mike Seeger made of guitarist/vocalist Lesley Riddle between 1965 and 1978. The music on the disc not only showcases Riddle's considerable talent, it also demonstrates that there wasn't much of a gap between blues, folk, country and mountain music.


Born: 13 June 1905 in Burnsville, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Country music may owe its very existence in part to a one-legged African-American guitar player named Lesley Riddle. Riddle was born on June 13, 1905, in Burnsville, NC. As a young man he worked in the local cement plant, where an unfortunate accident cost him his right leg at the knee. During his convalescence Riddle learned to play guitar, developing a unique picking technique and a biting slide style. A.P. Carter, patriarch of the Carter Family, met Riddle in Kingsport, TN, in 1928, learning "Cannonball"...
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