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Robert Pete Williams

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 14, 1914 | Died: 1980    

There is a scarceness of authentic Blues artists who transcend the music and become the very essence of what they are conveying. They 'ARE' the Blues in its primordial form,beyond the field hollers and arhoolies, to the African griots, at its original source. One such individual was Robert Pete Williams, bluesman.

From a Prison Cell to the Avant-Garde By Milo Miles

Although Robert Pete Williams died in 1980 at the age of 66, he arguably remains the most avant-garde blues performer ever recorded. Few have approached his ability to evoke the torment of life in prison or bend language to cast an eerie spell over a chance encounter with a seductive woman. Williams could improvise precise, topical blues numbers with remarkable spontaneity. He had never been recorded when he was discovered in Angola penitentiary in Louisiana, convicted of murder. Like the country blues titan Leadbelly, Williams even sang his way to freedom....
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Arhoolie Records (1994)
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