b. 1900, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 1956, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Little is known about Oscar ‘Buddy’ Woods, who was one of the most impressive of the pre-war slide guitar blues stylists. He was closely associated with Ed Schaffer with whom he recorded as the Shreveport Home Wreckers in Memphis in the early 30s. In 1932, he and Schaffer took part in what was probably one of the first integrated sessions when they lent their vocal and instrumental talents to support risqué country singer Jimmie Davis, later governor of Louisiana and famous for ‘You Are My Sunshine’. Woods recorded some master sole tracks in 1936, in New Orleans, under the pseudonym of the Lone Wolf and later featured with Kitty Gray and others as the Wampus Cats. Finally, in 1940, he recorded five tracks for Alan Lomax of the Library Of Congress. He also worked with B.K. Turner, ‘The Black Ace’, and was last heard of working in the Shreveport area around the late 40s/early 50s.
Share this page