Personalities | Frank Hutchison | Early Years of Hillbilly | Country
(Guitar, vocals, harmonica, 1897–1945)
Hutchison, a singer, slide-guitarist and harmonica player from West Virginia, was one of the more striking exponents of ‘hillbilly blues’ – music learned from, or influenced by, African-American sources, which in his case was acquired from railroad workers and miners. His ragtime picking piece ‘Coney Isle’, retitled ‘Alabam’’, was a hit years later for Cowboy Copas, while his slide guitar-accompanied ‘Worried Blues’ and ‘Train That Carried My Girl From Town’ continue to attract musicians.
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