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[Audio] – Bukka White – “Bukka’s Jitterbug Swing” (1940)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 18, 2009

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Bukka White – “Bukka’s Jitterbug Swing” (1940)

Bukka White has, to me, the most unique, identifiable sound I’ve heard in pre-War blues besides Skip James, both vocally and instrumentally.  Go buy the most complete collection you can find, and dig in.  He can convey anguish, joy, aggravation and friendship not just in the same 3-minute song (ostensibly about doing a particular dance) but seemingly in a single word or chord.

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  1. Joel said, on March 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    You mean Skip James? I know Skip Spence was a wizard, but I thought all that time-traveling mumbo-jumbo was just in his head…

    • Soundslike said, on March 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

      Ha! Indeed I do mean Mr. James. My brain turns to mush from all the music sometimes.


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