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        A remarkable blind musician who could play fiddle, banjo, guitar, jaw harp, piano, organ, quills, and cane fife, Sid Hemphill was born in Como, Panola County, MS, in 1876. He recorded 22 tracks (plus an interview) for Alan Lomax in Sledge, MS, in 1942, followed by two more tracks recorded 17 years later in Senatobia, MS, when Lomax revisited Hemphill in 1959. Working with a loosely shifting group of local musicians, including banjo player Lucius Smith and guitarist Alex Askew, H... Read more

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