Influence::Barbecue Bob


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Influence Bob had some influence on Atlanta blues musicians such as the young Buddy Moss (who played harmonica with him on The Georgia Cotton Pickers recordings), but his way of playing was quickly overshadowed by the finger-picked Piedmont blues style that rose in popularity by the late 1920s/early 30s as can be heard in the development of the recordings of Curley Weaver. Barbecue Bob's "Motherless Child Blues" was recorded and performed on stage by Eric Clapton. John Fahey attributes his arrangement of "Poor Boy a Long Ways From Home" to Barbecue Bob in his 1979 "Best Of" book of tablature. More correctly, Fahey attributes the song to his persona "Blind Joe Death," and writes "Death learned this from an old Columbia record by Barbecue Bob [14246-D], which the Death household at one time possessed." Bob's elder brother, Charley, also played blues and was recorded by Columbia under the name "Laughing" Charley Lincoln. However, he never received the same acclaim as his brother.

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