Monday, February 11, 2013

The Sky Is Crying - Big Bad Smitty

Big Bad Smitty aka John H. Smith (1940 – April 3, 2002) was an American blues guitar player and singer. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he started learning guitar at the age of ten. He would play his older brother Nelson's guitar when nobody was around. When he was in his 20's he worked as a truck driver. Johnny Vincent of Ace Records had recorded him and two of his songs, "Smokestack Lightnin'" and "How Many More Years" appeared on the Genuine Mississippi Blues anthology on the Ace label in 1970. He recorded the Mean Disposition album in 1991 which was released on the Black Magic label in Europe and the GENES label in the United States. He recorded three albums and appeared at European blues festivals, performing for large crowds. He died in Jackson, Mississippi on April 3, 2002, as a result of diabetes. His funeral was held on Saturday, April 13 at the Alpha Omega Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. A benefit concert was held for the family of Big Bad Smitty at BB's in St Louis If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

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