Sometimes one performer’s unique style is so compelling that it influences an entire generation of artists. The playing of Bahamian master guitarist Joseph Spence (1910-1984) offers a wonderful example of how one man combined individual inspiration and talent with regional musical traditions to create a seminal guitar style.
Born August 3, 1910, in Small Hope, Spence began playing guitar for dances when he was fourteen. His repertoire included both well-known traditional and standard popular tunes, but his playing style was unique.

Via: Smithsonian Folkways

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