Taken from the Lead Belly Tribute Program
by Warren Zanes–First published in Cleveland Magazine
WZ: When did you first hear Lead Belly’s music?
RP: I was at school, a grammar school in a town which had quite a lot of folk clubs. It was probably around 1962, and the town had a very big art college. And the art college attracted a kind of bohemian set of students and lecturers, and the spin-off from that was this: in what was normally a kind of blue-collar area, you had this little pocket of existentialist poetry and jazz, a folk scene. the very first acoustic blues bands that I got involved with–when I was playing washboard, before I even thought about singing–came out of such a scene. ||Continue reading||
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