On The Record: Explains the origin of Gallows Pole

by Aug 26, 2014(0) Comment

Q: Can you tell me the origin of Led Zeppelin’s song, “Gallows Pole”? A: As is obvious from their music, the members of Led Zeppelin were heavily influenced by American blues. They mined a number of early blues songs from a variety of artists for song lyrics as well as melodies. But musicians have been doing this for millenia, taking song...

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Dan Zanes talks about Lead Belly’s influence

by Apr 25, 2014(0) Comment

Musician Dan Zanes talks about how the folk legend has a curiously inspiring legacy. He talks about how it is partly due to his unique ability to render almost anything into music and also because many are not entirely sure just how he played his guitar. Visit here: Dan Zanes speaks on Lead Belly    ...

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“I Got My Pride” Lead Belly exhibit

by Mar 09, 2014(0) Comment

*Los Angeles – The William Grant Still Arts Center presented “I Got My Pride”-The Blues Tales of Leadbelly exhibit with an Opening Reception and Concert on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. This exhibit is part of the 6th Annual African-American Composers Exhibition and Music Education Series. The exhibit is on display through June 7, 2014 ...

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East Library hosts ‘Black Fathers of Folk Music’ program

by Feb 05, 2014(0) Comment

EAST LANSING — The East Lansing Public Library will host “Black Fathers of Folk Music: Lead Belly and Josh White,” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The program, part of the library’s observance of Black History Month, is free and open to the public. Josh White, Jr. and Rev. Robert Jones will take participants back in time with stor...

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Pete Seeger 1919-2014

by Jan 29, 2014(0) Comment

In 2007 I had the honor to interview, listen to and have lunch with a TRUE pioneer- Pete Seeger. He was a student of my great uncle Lead Belly and a fantastic storyteller. He became a mentor to me and we spoke at least 10 times over the past few years. He played a vital role in the documentary I produced and he also gave me an example of a...

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