b. 25 May 1907, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 May 1968, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A jazz banjoist and guitarist, Guesnon worked in many ‘Crescent City’ bands from 1927 to 1965, often recording as a sideman from 1951. He also toured with Little Brother Montgomery’s Jackson-based Southland Troubadours in the mid-30s, and it may have been this experience that prompted ‘Mississippi Town’, a blues tribute to Jackson recorded in 1940. (‘Iberville And Franklin’ did the same for New Orleans.) Guesnon did not play on these recordings, which show him to have been a likeable, clear-voiced singer, as adept at ballads as with the blues.
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