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  • May8th

    aka Mississippi John Hurt

    Jim Lilly's Guitar

    John Hurt was an influential country blues singer and guitarist.  He was raised in the tiny town of Avalon, MS and taught himself how to play guitar around the age of nine.  Singing in a loud whisper, to a melodious finger-picked accompaniment, he began to play local dances and parties while working as a sharecropper.  He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1928, but these were commercial failures and Hurt drifted out of the recording scene.  After a man discovered a copy of one of his recordings, “Avalon Blues,” which gave the location of his hometown, there became increased interest in his whereabouts.    Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, would be the first to locate Hurt in 1963.  He convinced Hurt to relocate to Washington, DC where he was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1964.  This rediscovery helped further the American folk music revival started by members of F.O.T.M.  Hurt entered the university, coffeehouse concert circuit and recorded several studio albums for Vanguard Records.  He died in 1966 in Grenada, MS.

    Although The SunnySide Band does not play blues, all of the old time music of this era helped to influence their music.  The band invites you to visit their Home page and their Music page to listen to their favorite old time tunes and then visit their Gigs page to see where they will be performing next.  Do us a favor and visit our Feedback page and let us know what you think.  The SunnySide Band would like to play for your next event, so just visit our Contact page and fill in the blanks–we will be in touch.

  • May5th

    AKA Furry Lewis

    Jim Lilly's Guitar

    Furry Lewis was an American country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, TN.  Lewis was one of the first old-time blues musicians of the 1920’s to be brought out of retirement and given a new lease of recording life by the F.O.T.M. and the blues revival of the 1960’s.

    Although The SunnySide Band does not perform country blues, they do enjoy listening to this type of music.  The Band invites you to visit their Home page and their Music page and listen to their favorite old time tunes, and then visit their Feedback page and let them know what you think.  The SunnySide Band would like to meet you and share their music with you, and we hope you will consider having them play for your next event.  Just visit their Contact page and fill in the blanks.