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Published on Jun 24, 2009
Scott Dunbar: born 1904, son of an ex-slave, on Deer Park between the Mississippi and Lake Mary (an eleven mile cut-off arm of the River) west of Woodville and south of Natchez, Mississippi. He made a guitar out of a "cigar box and a broomstick and some stream wire" when he was eight and played it like a violin. When he was ten he got a real guitar and began teaching himself to play. "My father died," he says, "and then my mother moved to Natchez, and she died. I came on this side of the Lake and I been livin' on this side ever since. Old Lee Baker, he played fiddle, and he came over and said, "C'mere boy, I want to hear you play that guitar," and he brought me over to this side to play with his band