b. 2 January 1901, Pelahatchie, Mississippi, USA, d. c.1972, Bakersfield, California, USA. Learning guitar and mandolin from the unrecorded George Hendrix as a young man, Lacey moved to Jackson, where he contributed to the musical ideas of Tommy Johnson and Ishman Bracey. In 1927, he recorded a solitary, but outstanding 78 rpm record. Lacey’s secular career ended when he became a preacher in 1932, but when rediscovered in 1966 he was a mine of information about both his blues and his preaching careers, and became the chief subject of Alfred Rosenberg’s book The Art Of The American Folk Preacher.