Ry Cooder mentioned Joseph Spence in an interview I listened to on YouTube. That’s all you need to hear to know that the guy is important. For some Cooder, please check out “Jesus on the Mainline.”
Grateful Dead fans certainly will recognize this song.
From Wikipedia: “Joseph Spence (August 3, 1910 – March 18, 1984) was a Bahamian guitarist and singer. He is well known for his vocalizations and humming while performing on guitar. Several American musicians, including Taj Mahal, The Grateful Dead, Ry Cooder, Catfish Keith, Woody Mann and Olu Dara, in addition to the British guitarist John Renbourn, were influenced by and have recorded variations of his arrangements of gospel and Bahamian songs…. (Continue Reading…)