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GPOTD - Furry Lewis

2018-01-25 music Rob Baruch

New Blog Series: GPOTD (Guitar Player of the Day):

Aside from writing about technical matters, I enjoy writing about music and musicians from time to time. To that end, I want to kick-off a new series GPOTD which features a guitar player that you likely aren’t familiar with. Today at the end of my acoustic guitar lesson, my teacher pulled up some music by this lesser-known player of the American Folk Music Revival. And it sounded amazing! So, I thought I’d take a closer look at the music and the man.

Where did Furry come from and how Furry is he???

A quick check of Wikipedia reveals a good bit about Furry’s life and music. I’ll leave it to you to peruse the page. I’ll share a few facts and hopefully some lesser-known facts as well. Born at the end of the Nineteeth Century in Mississippi, Furry took is name from childhood playmates. His real name was Walter. In addition to being a musician, Furry was a street sweeper. Not a man with high vocational asperations, and likely also one with limited educational accomplishments. Nevertheless, his true genius lay elsewhere.


Here are some interesting facts about Furry:

  • He opened twice for the Rolling Stones
  • He performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • He had a part in a Burt Reynolds movie (W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, 1975)
  • He was profiled in Playboy magazine


Selected discography

  • Furry Lewis Blues , Smithsonian/Folkways, 1959.
  • Back on My Feet Again , Prestige/Blues, 1961.
  • When I Lay My Burden Down , Biograph, 1970.
  • Fourth & Beale , Lucky Seven, 1975.
  • In His Prime (1927-1928), Yazoo, 1988.
  • Complete Works (1927-1929), Document, 1990.
  • Blues Magician , Lucky Seven, 1999.


good morning judge

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