Po’ Boy, Long Ways From Home
Posted in 1930s,Field Recording,Honey on 10.16.06

In 1935 Alan Lomax and Zora Neale Hurston took a trip to Hurston’s home town of Eatonville, Florida and recorded a handful of local blues singers for the Library Of Congress. My favorite of these recordings is a wonderful number by Rochelle French on guitar and vocals singing Po’ Boy. He’s an stellar guitar player and has a really strong blues voice. Someone should have thrown him a record deal.
Rochelle French – Po’ Boy, Long Ways From Home (1935)


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By J Epstein on 10.16.06 6:02 pm

Quite right – this is terrific. Thanks!

By Rob Hutten on 10.17.06 9:21 am

Thanks! I’ve never heard this recording. I’ve added it to the list of versions at the Wikipedia page for Poor Boy Blues.

By ragdog on 10.17.06 1:51 pm

On the site “library of congress” there is a couple of photos of rochelle french and gabriel brown. On these pictures gabriel plays guitar and rochelle sings. I wonder if rochelle also played guitar? See ya!

By peter patnaik on 10.17.06 7:58 pm

rochelle plays lead guitar on this track, and gabriel plays backup. though on most of the recordings during the session it was the otherway around.

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