Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
For those of you who follow the Lead Belly Foundation's twitter page/this blog, you know that we produced a Lead Belly themed event on July 11 in Seattle at Lo Fi Gallery. It featured live music by the Jelly Rollers, as well as stencils by Jonathan "Wakuda" Fisher and exclusive photos of Lead Belly from the archive. Above is a picture of one of the beautiful stencils.
We feel the event was a great success, and we look forward to continued events in Seattle and around the US celebrating Lead Belly's life and legacy!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We took some time to sit down with Alvin Singh, Lead Belly's great nephew. He shared with us a wonderful story about Lead Belly that he heard as he traveled around the country to shoot the Lead Belly documentary, coming out this fall (the link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X9svGYLXwA). Please take a few minutes and hear how Lead Belly touched one person's life.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
"The Rock Island Line" is a song written by Lead Belly in the 1930s. It is about the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad. The song was originally sang a Capella. Here is a great clip of a cover by Johnny Cash. The evolution of the song is evident through the big band arrangement.