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Reverend Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis - Blues Singer, guitar, harmonica (1896 - 1972)

Reverend Gary Davis was simply one of the finest finger-pickers ever to play a guitar, a leading practitioner of the ragtime-imbued Piedmont school of blues. A vital source of early ragtime and country blues guitar, his innovative style reached beyond his time-frame, as a key influence for many folk and blues musicians of the ‘60’s.

Born in 1896 in South Carolina, Gary Davis remained blind due to an accident while still a baby. Another accident later on in life left him with a broken wrist that never healed properly, and this might be the reason for his peculiar swinging finger-style guitar technique (Davis used his ‘Miss Gibson,’ large six-string guitar, tuned to an unusual E-B-G-D-A-E configuration that provided him with a more complex set of chords).

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