Jason maybe you can shed some light on this guy. Bull City Red (George Washington) I did not know he was from Durham, Nc. I found him while doing some digging on Blind Boy Fuller. He was a singer, guitar player, and was well known backing people up on washboard (Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis, and others.)
I am in the Outer Banks this week with spotty internet connections. I don’t know about Bull City Red other than that he was a washboard player. I will do some more digging and posting on Saturday when I get home.
The drive from Raleigh to the Outer Banks goes through several rural predominantly African American areas. I started to get curious if there is any music history in the eastern part of the state that I need to research.
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Driving back from the beach today, I remembered a Blind Boy Fuller song Step It Up and Go. My friend Tad tried to show me how to play it years ago, but I was not ready to learn it yet. Might not be still, but I am going to find out tonight.
Tad always said that Step It Up and Go should be the North Carolina state anthem because in the old days everybody in NC knew how to play it. While consulting Youtube for the Blind Boy Fuller version, I came across a documentary that looks familiar but I don’t remember seeing the whole thing. Probably means I watched it while drinking beer. Anyway, it has some familiar names, some new names, and one crazy ass spoons player.
Finally, an instructional video from singer Captain Luke about how to drink a beer. Personally, I do not require any additional instruction on the topic, but the video is damn funny. It is however, quite filthy, so hide the children, wives, and bosses before you play it.
Very cool. I am like you and think I have seen that doc. before, but then some of it doesn’t seem familiar. I think they must have used some of this footage in other things, and maybe that is why it seems familiar. Thanks for putting this up.