Hawkins represents one of the most fascinating lacunae in the history of the blues. It is rumoured that he was raised around Blythville, Mississippi, but what minimal research has been undertaken has never produced anything conclusive. What is certain is that he was a unique performer who used a guitar style and vocal delivery that have defied categorization. He recorded 12 tracks for Paramount between 1927 (Chicago) and 1929 (Richmond, Indiana), much prized by collectors, that featured his oddly constructed blues, rag tunes and the peculiar ‘Voice Throwing Blues’ which gave rise to speculation that he may have been a medicine show ventriloquist. Evidence from his songs certainly seems to indicate that he was a rambler or hobo.
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