by Nov 14, 2013Comments Off on 1930

Lead Belly returned to Louisiana and became a stable musician on the local music scene. In January 1930, he was involved in a stabbing incident that led to a charge of “assault with intent to murder a white man.” He was convicted, given a sentence of six to ten years, and sent to Angola Prison Farm. ┬áThree years later folklorist John Lomax and his 18 year old son Alan Lomax met Lead Belly while recording American folks songs on a portable aluminum disc for the Library of Congress.

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