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. Three 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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