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Elijah Wald plays Furry Lewis's "Casey Jones"

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Published on May 20, 2009

This is one of the most striking examples of a pre-blues, banjo-derived, African-American guitar arrangement, as discussed in Elijah's book "Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues." Versions of this song were known throughout the South at the turn of the century, and were recorded as "Milwaukee Blues," "Jay Gould's Daughter," and other titles. For more information on Elijah's music and writing, visit http://www.elijahwald.com

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