Skip James : Today!

Skip James : Today!


Skip James (vocals, piano, guitar)

Recorded in 1964

Vanguard 79219

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues
A2 - Crow Jane
A3 - Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues
A4 - Special Rider Blues
A5 - Drunken Spree
A6 - Cherryball
B1 - How Long Blues (w/Russ Savakus, bass)
B2 - All Night Long
B3 - Cypress Grove
B4 - Look Down the Road
B5 - My Gal
B6 - I'm So Glad

Nehemiah "Skip" James is one of the Delta Blues giants and one of the genre's earliest recording artists. He was born in Bentonia, Mississippi in 1902 and began his recording career in 1931 for the Paramount Records label – the same Grafton, Wisconsin-based company that cut the ultra-famous sides by Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Blind Blake and pretty much every other pre-war blues artist that's still remembered today.

After that Paramount session and its resulting 26 sides, James went relatively unheard of for the next 33 years. He followed in his father's footsteps and became a Baptist minister. But in 1964, three record collectors went in search of Skip James and found him. The three booked him at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, and James' comeback was born. Thank God for that! This record was recorded shortly after the rediscovery. Amazingly, James' musicianship was still utterly remarkable, even though his health had begun to fail and he would die just five years later. What sets Skip James' talent apart, aside from his equal mastery of both the guitar and piano, is his haunting falsetto singing. You've got to hear it for yourself. This record allows us a glimpse into a long-gone world.