Blind Alfred Reed

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... read moreThis West Virginia singer/songwriter and fiddler was one of Ralph Peer's discoveries on the legendary 1927 Bristol field trip that unearthed both the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Reed was one of those uniquely Southern contradictions, both reactionary and progressive in his songs. "How Can a...

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Blind Alfred Reed
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
3:14
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Fate Of Chris Lively And Wife
3:24
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I Mean To Live For Jesus
2:57
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Why Do You Bob Your Hair, Girls
3:02
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The Wreck Of The Virginian
2:57

Biography

Active: 1900s-1950s
Country Of origin: United States of America

This West Virginia singer/songwriter and fiddler was one of Ralph Peer's discoveries on the legendary 1927 Bristol field trip that unearthed both the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Reed was one of those uniquely Southern contradictions, both reactionary and progressive in his songs. "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" echoed the sentiments of the rural poor (who tasted none of the Roaring Twenties prosperity), while "Why Do You Bob Your Hair, Girls?" invoked Biblical sanctions against flappers. Topical commentary of this sort was rare in early hillbilly recordings: Reed's contemporaries usually pruned a branch from the folk tree or swiped a page from Mom's Victorian songbook. Incongruously, Reed was a protest singer/songwriter out of time and place. Ry Cooder revived a couple of his songs in the '70s, the decade of Rounder's reissue of several Reed performances, How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? ~ Mark A. Humphrey~ Rovi

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