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Pink Anderson - Ragtime Blues Guitar

pink-anderson-ragtime-blues-guitarPink's birth place was in Greenville South Carolina. Having taught himself to play  a variety of instruments, he began playing for Dr. Frank Kerr, who ran an enterprise which became known as the Indian Remedy Company in 1914 to sing for the public audiences while the doctor peddled his unique 'elixir '.

In the city of Spartanburg, Anderson met and teamed up with Simeon "Blind Simmie" Dooley in (around 1916), who showed him how to play fingerpicking acoustic guitar.

Anderson had a little previous experience at playing in string bands. When he wasn't working and playing for Dr Kerr's traveling show, he and Simmie Dooley might play for small parties and other gatherings´╗┐. ´╗┐

Pink Anderson' picking style was fast, light and ragtimey - this means that the basses were alternating and rythmic, producing a syncopated happy sound great for dancing. It's essential to control that picking thumb when attempting this style of playing.

Problems with his heart eventually caused him to hang up his guitar professionally in 1957.

After having a stroke in 1954, he just about stopped picking guitar, and never again played with his characteristic style and flair.

He passed away in 974, when he had another heart attack when he was 74. He's buried at Spartanburg, back where he came from.

Anderson had a son, who also plays guitar and is known as Little Pink Anderson - he plays blues guitar and lives in Vermillion, SD.

Jim performs CC&O Blues by Pink Anderson.

My favorite old blues men are mostly unsung heroes

Funnily enough, these three artists came from Carolina . Floyd Council, Pink Anderson ( Pink Floyd borrowed their names ) and Scrapper Blackwell - these guys really knew how to play the guitar!

Floyd Council wasn't very well recorded as a performer in his own right
, but sometimes played in studio recording sessions playing behind 'stars' such as Blind Boy Fuller, another South Carolina artists . His guitar was syncopated and could be described as a combination of ragtime and  a Texas blues style.

Pink Anderson (I don't believe that they ever collaborated or even crossed each others path !) played ragtime guitar and performed in traveling medicine shows.




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Scrapper Blackwell was an extremely varied guitar player who wrote many memorable songs, such as Blues Before Sunrise and Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.

His creation 'Kokomo Blues' was made famous by Robert Johnson by the name 'Sweet Home Chicago'. Scrapper provided classics which were to provide inspiration for later masters of blues music. Although Scrapper didn't teach Johnson how to play the guitar, he still owed him a great deal.

Floyd Council (Born September 2, 1911 and died May 9th, 1976)  was a well-known performer of the Piedmont ragtime blues sound, which was well liked all through the southeastern region of America during the nineteen thirties .

He started his career in the 1920s, performing with two brothers, Leo and Thomas Strowd calling themselves "The Chapel Hillbillies". He also played on some sessions with Blind Boy Fuller during the thirties . His muscles were partially paralyzed after suffering a stroke in the nineteen sixties , but it seemed that his mind was still sharp. However, he was never able to recover his playing ability, although still finding time to show others how to play the guitar.

Council died in 1976 after a heart attack,  just after going to live in Sanford, North Carolina.


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