Covington had played banjo and rack harmonica in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, singing blues and hokum and, as his 1928 record labels indicate, pretending to be blind, though evidently with no great conviction. His most startling number began: ‘I heard the voice of a porkchop say, come unto me and rest’. He was a member of a jug band that included Joe Lee ‘Big Joe’ Williams, although it seems unlikely that this was the Birmingham Jug Band that recorded in 1930. Covington was probably the same man as Ben Curry, who recorded four tracks in 1932.
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