Texas songster Henry Thomas remains a relative stranger who made some great recordings, then returned to obscurity. Evidence suggests he was an itinerant street musician, a musical hobo who rode the rails across Texas and possibly to the World's Fairs in St. Louis and Chicago just before and after the turn of the 19th century. Most agree he was the oldest African-American folk artist to produce a significant body of recordings. His projected 1874 birth date would pre-date Charley Patton by a good 17 years. Like Patton and a handful of other musicians generally termed songsters (including John Hurt, Jim Jackson, Mance Lipscomb, Furry Lewis, and Leadbelly), Thomas' repertoire bridged the 19th and 20th centuries, providing a compelling glimpse into a wide range of African-American musical genres. The 23 songs he cut for Vocalion between ...
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Texas Worried Blues: Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929 1989 Texas Worried Blues: Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929
 
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