Blind Blake was one of the most important musicians in the development of blues guitar playing, a fingerpicker with a strong, rhythmic ragtime influenced style that makes him a mythic figure to guitarists and blues aficionados. People have been trying, and failing, to duplicate his fingerpicking technique since his first 78 RPM records appeared. His “piano style” playing, a complex mix of bass notes and free flowing high string arpeggios still sounds modern in the 21st century. Like Mississippi John Hurt, Black used the blues as a stepping off point to create his own unique and instantly identifiable style. The fact that little is known about his birth, life, and death only adds to his legend.