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Lead Belly Sings For Children

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The first time I was acquainted with Leadbelly was the first time I listened to Nirvana: Unplugged in New York. I was going through a serious Nirvana obsession, and writing down any and all bands/musicians that Kurt loved and was influenced by. So when I reached the end of the CD (remember those?) I heard Kurt say “F*** you all, this is our last song of the evening. This was written by my favorite performer, OUR [Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl] favorite performer;” then immediately, they jump into “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcXYz0gtJeM by Huddie Ledbetter, aka: Leadbelly.

Considered the most influential blues singer of all time, Leadbelly was the master of the 12-string guitar and a true icon of musical genius. For close to 20 years, he offered the world his own style of blues and folk they hadn’t heard before, becoming a pillar of the folk movement in NYC during the 1930’s. Not only was Leadbelly a prominent guitar player in the adult world, he was also a staple in the kids world as well, often playing concerts and teaching young ones about the emotions and experiences of life.

Now you can hear the humorous and kid-friendly side of Leadbelly — and the words of wisdom he spoke — on this 28-song collection. With rare recordings that offer listeners an insight into a man who enjoyed playing more for kids than he did adults, this unique collection of Leadbelly songs, including “Midnight Special,” “Skip to My Lou,” ‘Pick a Pail of Cotton,” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” is essential listening for all ages, and a must-have blues introductory album for your little rocker. The only downside is that the original version of “Where Did you Sleep…?” didn’t seem to make that cut (as it shouldn’t have). But whatever, play it for them anyway.

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