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August 30, 2005

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Max Haymes discusses hoodoo roots in the lyrics of Blind Lemon Jefferson.

While I have always been aware of hoodoo in the blues, via references to ‘mojos’, ‘black cat bones’ etc., I didn’t realize just how many more obscure (or less obvious) allusions existed within the genre. Not until I read Hyatt’s massive works: "Hoodoo-Conjuration-Witchcraft-Rootwork". A lot of blues phrases which seemed ‘muddied’ (to me at any rate) suddenly become crystal clear.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 30, 2005 08:54 AM

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