Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Morning with Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt

Today I offer you a couple of songs from Country Blues artist Mississippi John Hurt. He was born in the 1890s in Avalon, Mississippi. He taught himself the guitar when young, and played for his lifetime. Artists who have covered his music include Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia and Beck. I will start off with "Do Lord Remember Me", an old southern spiritual often attributed to Sally Ward Howe, who also wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".



He also recorded another classic spiritual, "I Shall Not Be Moved". While no one is sure who wrote it, it can be traced to the Southern churches. While it often is thought of as an abolitionist's song, it later was also used as a song of protest, including in the 1950s and 1960s for civil rights.



Enjoy your Sunday!

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails