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Leadbelly

The embodiment of the link between folk and blues, Louisiana-born Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) possessed a powerful voice and the creative fervor to fashion his observations and heartfelt passions into riveting songs. An itinerant singer/guitarist, he performed in between working odd jobs and spending time in prison for his violent outbursts. Twice he gained pardon from long prison sentences with his songs. After Lead Belly's second pardon, in 1934, the recordings folklorist Alan Lomax made of him… Show more

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