b. 22 August 1923, Leasburg, North Carolina, USA, d. 22 October 1953, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Harris learned guitar from his father, and is said to have been an itinerant musician before settling in Newark, but his background is otherwise obscure. None of the records he made between 1950 and 1952 were ever released under Harris’ real name; he was variously known as Carolina Slim, Lazy Slim Jim, Jammin’ Jim, Paul Howard and Country Paul. His music is a blend, probably acquired mainly from records, of the contemporary Texas styles of Lightnin’ Hopkins and the 30s North Carolina/Georgia music of Buddy Moss and Blind Boy Fuller.
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