Johnny Blind Brown

Blues Guitar, Harmonica

Born: Oct. 1, 1910 Montgomery, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Two reel to reels. (A copy of a portion of the interview & performance can be found on T81-20.) Recorded at the Neighborly Center in St. Petersburg. Brown was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1910, and came to Florida in 1925. Born with no vision abilities, he learned the guitar while living in Norfolk, Virginia. He learned both bleus and gospel songs from records, as well as by Blind Lemon Jefferson. In the recording, Brown demonstrates several gospel and blues songs on his resonator guitar,, and talks in between the songs. Topics include his childhood; living in Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, and Georgia; types of blues; learning the guitar; influences for his music including Furry Lewis, Jefferson, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Dennis, and Jimmy Reynolds; segregation and racism; marriage; reading Braille; slide guitar techniques; and gospel music. For an earlier interview with Brown, see C77-7 through C77-9. .

Source: http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/folklife/profile.cfm?idsThing=5173

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