Booker T. Washington White, known to the blues world as "Bukka White," was born on November 12, 1909 in rural Houston, Mississippi. He learned to play the fiddle from his father, later picking up the guitar, but the musician's real education came after he moved to Clarksdale, in the Mississippi Delta, where he was taught blues music by the legendary Charley Patton.
White traveled the south during the 1920s and '30s, recording sporadically, often working as a field hand during the day and playing the blues at night. After recording several sides for legendary producer Lester Melrose in 1940, White quite literally disappeared for a couple of decades. He'd be "rediscovered" during the folk-blues boom of the 1960s, and White would subsequently tour and record vigorously until his death in 1977.
Interest in White remains high today, and The Cotton Exchange will be featuring the bluesman's highly-recommended Big Daddy album, a late-career collection of material, as part of their upcoming subscription mailing. Join us today in celebrating the life and career of the one and only Bukka White!
Photo courtesy Sutro Park Records