You’ve probably never heard a blues style that has been compared to chamber music. You may assume bluesmen are constantly battling demons in their life and song. Well, meet John Hurt, who brings a gentle peace to whatever he touches. It’s music that would have soothed King Saul in his darkest mood.
John Hurt took part in some recording sessions in 1928, not the best year to begin a career in music. Okeh Records went out of business during the Great Depression, and Hurt spent the next thirty-plus years sharecropping while playing for parties and the like. When brought before a national audience during the Blues Revival his skills and attitude were intact.
From his 1928 recordings: