Description: Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires (harmonica) perform "Can't See Blues," a composite blues of Owens' devising. (Not to be confused with Peetie Wheatstraw's blues of the same name.) Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 1978.
About the session: Bluesmen; fife-and-drum ensembles; former muleskinners and railroad tie-tampers; and tall-tale reciters. Performers include Skip James collaborator Jack Owens, diddley-bow player Lonnie Pitchford, fife legend Otha Turner, and R. L. Burnside in his first film appearance.
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