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Customer Reviews

this was kurt cobain's favorite artist!

kurt cobain loved leadbelly. he covered the "where did you sleep last night" on nirvana's performance of mtv unplugged .

Gotta Be Digitally Cleaned Up

I never heard a Leadbelly recording so clear. The variety here shows Leadbelly's great range. Blues, folk, old school pop are all handled with aplomb!

Amazin

this album is extremely raw. Its like hes right next to you singing. I love it. so much.

Biography

Born: January 20, 1888 in Mooringsport, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s

Huddie Ledbetter, known as Lead Belly, was a unique figure in the American popular music of the 20th century. Ultimately, he was best remembered for a body of songs that he discovered, adapted, or wrote, including "Goodnight, Irene," "Rock Island Line," "The Midnight Special," and "Cotton Fields." But he was also an early example of a folksinger whose background had brought him into direct contact with the oral tradition by which folk music was handed down, a tradition that, by the early years of...
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