Lead Belly
King of the 12-String Guitar
Blues Singer 1932-1936
Josh White, Jr.

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The songster tradition both pre-dated and co-existed with blues music, especially in the areas of the Southeast that produced music in the Piedmont style. It began soon after the end of slavery in the south, when African-American musicians became able to travel and play music for a living. Usually a solo musician with a guitar, or occasionally a banjo, the songster would perform songs from a variety of musical styles including gospel, field songs and folk, and later ragtime and blues. Songsters were performers, first and foremost, and maintained the broad repertoire to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Through vehicles like minstrel and medicine shows, the black songsters interacted with white musicians, who would later adopt the black musicians' songs and use them, along with songs from white sources, as the foundations of early country music.

Songster Artists Highlights

Lead Belly
Lead Belly
Josh White, Jr.
Josh White, Jr.
Josh White
Josh White

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Songster Album Highlights

King of the 12-String Guitar
Lead Belly
King of the 12-String ...
Blues Singer 1932-1936
Josh White
Blues Singer 1932-1936
The Legendary Josh White
Josh White
The Legendary Josh White
Midnight Special: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1
Lead Belly
Midnight Special: The ...
Gwine Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 2
Lead Belly
Gwine Dig a Hole to Put ...
Pye Blues Legends in London
Big Bill Broonzy / Sonny ...
Pye Blues Legends in London

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Songster Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Death Letter Blues, Pt. 1 Lead Belly
Gwine Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In Lead Belly
Chainey Blind Willie McTell
Broke Down Engine Blues Blind Willie McTell
C.C. Rider Lead Belly
Rock Island Line Lead Belly
Hesitation Blues Lead Belly
Meeting at the Building Lead Belly
Rock Island Line Lead Belly
Backslider, Fare Thee Well Lead Belly

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