Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter - American Folk Blues Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist. Musician from childhood, Lead Belly played accordion, 6 and 12-string guitar, bass and harmonica. He led a wandering life, learning songs by absorbing oral tradition. For a time he worked as an itinerant musician with Blind Lemon Jefferson. In 1918 he was imprisoned for murder, after serving six years, he was pardoned by the Governor of Texas, who had visited the prison an heard him sing.
SOUTHERN ACCENT. TEXAS ACCENT. (LOUISIANA ACCENT) AMERICAN ACCENT. VINTAGE ACCENT. Singer Huddie William Ledbetter aka Leadbelly was born in either 1888 or 1889 in Louisiana on the Jeter Plantation and moved to Bowie County, TEXAS when he was five years old. Alan Lomax is also from TEXAS.▶ Leadbelly talking about square dances - YouTube
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is proud to present Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – the first in-depth, career-spanning box set of songs, photos, and essays dedicated to one of America’s most treasured 20th-century icons. It chronicles the recordings of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter (c. 1888–1949) in 108 tracks over five discs.
LEAD BELLY Huddie William Ledbetter "King of the 12-string Guitar" Huddie (pronounced "hoo-dee") was of African and Cherokee descent and grew up in northern Louisiana and neighboring Texas. In 1918 Ledbetter was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man in a fight. He was pardoned by the Texas governor in 1925, Lead Belly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988