CeDell Davis, Last of the Delta Bluesmen

I’ll never forget the first time I heard CeDell Davis. I was a junior in high school, and I’d made my way to Mississippi for the first of many blues festivals to come. CeDell had a unique style of guitar playing, imposed by a merciless teacher—Polio. Unable to maneuver his crippled hands, he used a butter knife as a slide, creating a beautifully raw and original sound. A stroke has since robbed him of his ability to play guitar, but at 89 years old, he is still living the blues and chasing his dreams.

A photo I took of CeDell Davis at the Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS, 2000

A photo I took of CeDell Davis at the Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS, 2000

If you can, help CeDell make a new record by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign. He’s a real-deal Delta bluesman who has paid his dues and deserves your support.

4 thoughts on “CeDell Davis, Last of the Delta Bluesmen

  1. Hi Kitty,

    I absolutely LOVE this picture of Cedell Davis. I am writing a book on Delta music and film. Would you mind if I possibly used this image in the book to denote Mr. Davis’ work? I don’t have a budget for this project but I would be more than happy to credit you in the book if I decide to use it after consulting with my co-author.

    Also, do you have other images of Mr. Davis? I am looking for the a nice front cover image for my book but have not been able to find anything to mach my publisher’s specifications.

    Thanks,
    Jimmy

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