Interview with and music performance by blues guitarist Emmett Murray

Date: April 8, 1980

Source: S1576 , T83-62, T83-63, T83-64

Type: Sound

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  • There Is a Man (T83-62)
  • Mobile Blues
  • Gonna Dig Myself a Hole
  • Bad, Bad Whiskey
  • Going Back to Georgia
  • Polk County Blues
  • Laid Around This Old Town Too Long
  • Unidentified song
  • Old Time Rounders (T83-63)
  • She's a Fool, Ain't Got No Sense
  • Life Saver Blues
  • I'll Find My Way
  • Can't Keep From Worrying
  • Unidentified song
  • John Henry (T83-64)
  • Stagolee
  • Traveling Man

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  • Three reel to reel recordings. Murray was born in 1911 in Moultrie, Goergia. He moved to Florida in the 1930s to work the cane fields, but soon moved to other agricultural jobs. He often played songs learned from records in local white clubs and at parties during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1980, he still performed at local social functions. These are field recordings from the Florida Record Project. That project, along with work for the North Florida Project, resulted in the two-album recording, Drop On Down in Florida.

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