Personalities | Blind Alfred Reed | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country

(Vocals, fiddle, 1880–1956)

Reed, a singer and fiddler from Princeton, West Virginia, made his living playing at dances and church meetings and giving music lessons. Recording in the late 1920s, he observed contemporary life in songs like ‘How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?’– a catalogue of the ills that afflicted Depression-hit rural southerners. His favourite theme was the tragicomedy of marriage, epitomized in his line ‘God made woman after man – and she’s been after man ever since’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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