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Editors’ Notes

Rev. Gary Davis was one of many bluesmen who enjoyed a comeback via the late-'50s/early-'60s folk revival. He was 64 when he cut these tracks in legendary jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio in 1960, and he invests each with both hard-won wisdom and a surprisingly youthful vigor. Davis was a pioneer of the complex Piedmont blues fingerpicking style, and the combination of his propulsive guitar work with his gospel-infused folk-blues tunes made these recordings enormously influential to a new generation. Songs like "Samson and Delilah" and "Death Don't Have No Mercy" were covered by everyone from Peter, Paul & Mary to the Grateful Dead.

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Musical Epiphany

An amazing set, loaded with energy and incredible guitar licks. A must for Rev. Gary Davis fans!

Biography

Born: April 30, 1896 in Laurens, SC

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

In his prime of life, which is to say the late '20s, the Reverend Gary Davis was one of the two most renowned practitioners of the East Coast school of ragtime guitar; 35 years later, despite two decades spent playing on the streets of Harlem in New York, he was still one of the giants in his field, playing before thousands of people at a time, and an inspiration to dozens of modern guitarist/singers...
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