Peg Leg Howell

Peg Leg Howell & Eddie, Vol. 2

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Atlanta street singer Joshua "Joe" Howell got the moniker Peg Leg following a shotgun mishap in 1919 (he lost his other leg to diabetes in 1952), and, unable to perform manual labor, he turned to music, recording several tracks in the late '20s under his own name and several tracks in various configurations with fellow street performers Henry Williams and Eddie Anthony. Anthony's fiddle (and occasional accordion) playing gave these pieces a kind of string band feel, and with Howell's loose, greasy blues lyrics, they created, at times, a fascinating hybrid, as evidenced by "Rolling Mill Blues," included here. When his recording career faded, Howell returned to street singing, working Atlanta's rough Decatur Street district until his re-discovery in 1963. He recorded some late tracks for Testament Records before dying in 1966.

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