Skip James

~ Person

Legal name: Nehemiah Curtis James


Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter.

His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor-key sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate fingerpicking technique. James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931, but these recordings sold poorly, having been released during the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity. After a long absence from the public eye, James was "rediscovered" in 1964 by three blues enthusiasts, helping further the blues and folk music revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, James appeared at folk and blues festivals, gave concerts around the country and recorded several albums for various record labels.

His songs have influenced generations of musicians, having been adapted or covered by Kansas Joe McCoy, Robert Johnson, Alan Wilson, Cream, Deep Purple, Chris Thomas King, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Derek Trucks Band, Beck, Big Sugar, Eric Clapton, John Martyn, Lucinda Williams and Rory Block. He has been hailed as "one of the seminal figures of the blues."

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Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers 2
1964 She Lyin' 1
1966 Today! 2
1968 Devil Got My Woman 3
2003 Hard Time Killing Floor Blues 1
Skip's Piano Blues 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Complete 1931 Recordings 6
1990 I'm So Glad: The Complete 1931 Paramount Recordings 1
1998 Blues From the Delta 1
2003 Hard Time: The Best of Skip James 1
2003 Studio Sessions: Rare and Unreleased 1
2005 Hard Time Killin' Floor 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Skip James Live, Volume 1 1
2004 Skip James Live, Volume 2 1
2004 Skip James Live, Volume 3 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1931 Devil Got My Woman / Cypress Grove Blues 1
1931 I'm So Glad / Special Rider Blues 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Cypress Grove Blues 1
Heroes of the Blues: Very Best Of 1

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