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chris nightbird childs Folk Genius? (82* d) RE: Folk Genius? 02 Jun 05


We DO know that RJ was very influenced by Son House, Lonnie Johnson, and Leroy Carr, and he DID imitate very aspects of their performance. He even 'borrowed' quite a few of their songs.
It all depends on who's interpretation you like the most.

I wouldn't call Robert a 'Genius'. He wasn't neccessarily an innovator.

As far as Bobby D., his early foray into Folk was not genius. His genius was not evident until the mid-'60's, when he started to put his poetry to music, and discovered his TRUE musical voice. It was then that he slowly left "the scene", and stopped mimicking Woody Guthrie.


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