Joseph Spence

By J Poet

Joseph Spence was born and lived most of his life in The Bahamas, but thanks to an encounter with folklorist Sam Charters, who recorded Music of the Bahamas, Volume 1, Bahaman Folk Guitar (1960 Folkways), on the porch of his home, Spence and his music has become known throughout the world. He played a syncopated style in a drop D tuning (the sixth string is tuned to a D below the normal E) that gave his driving guitar work a big, bass heavy sound. His intricate finger picking incorporated blues, jazz, gospel, American country music, calypso and other styles and his singing, part mumble, part blues... Read More

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