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Scott Brown 415

Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Scott Brown began his music studies on piano at the Community Music Center, where he attended from age 7 through age 11. This was the extent of his formal training. After developing interest in the San Francisco Punk Scene and switching instruments from piano to electric guitar in his teens, he played with Mission District punk band ‘Zona Roja’ from 1985 through 1989. Also during that time, (1988-1991) he experimented with the ‘Improvisational Rock’ genre with a group called ‘Rula’, on electric guitar and percussion. The group was a trio (with drumset and bass) and would play songs totally improvised, as well as a few arranged songs

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Blind Willie McTell

Blind Willie McTell was one of the great blues musicians of the 1920s and 1930s. Displaying an extraordinary range on the twelve-string guitar, this Atlanta-based musician recorded more than 120 titles during fourteen recording sessions. His voice was soft and expressive, and his musical tastes were influenced by southern blues, ragtime, gospel, hillbilly, and popular music. At a time when most blues musicians were poorly educated and rarely traveled, McTell was an exception. He could read and write music in Braille. He traveled often from Atlanta to New York City, frequently alone. As a person faced with a physical disability and social inequities, he expressed in his music a strong confidence in dealing with the everyday world. McTell was born in Thomson, Georgia on May 5, 1898

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Leadbelly

More than any other black folk-blues artist of his time Leadbelly helped expose his race's vast musical riches to white America, and, in the process, helped preserve a folk legacy that has become a significant part of the nation's musical treasury. He was not a blues singer in the traditional sense; he also sang spirituals, pop, field and prison hollers, cowboy and childrens songs, dance tunes and folk ballads, and of course his own topical compositions. It has been said his repertoire was at least 500 songs. He never saw any commercial success during his lifetime. Not until after his death did a broader public come to know his songs and the amazing story of his life. Huddie William Ledbetter was born on January 29, 1889 on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, Louisiana


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