Born in the Bahamas, Joseph Spence was a black singer and guitarist
who revolutionized the way folk music is performed.
His repertory mixed hillbilly folk music, church hymns, spirituals,
but also square dances, polkas, waltzes, calypso, and interpreted it in
a surreal, almost sarcastic way. Centerstage was
Spence's intricate, polyphonic and polyrhythmic guitar style.
In 1944 and 1945 Spence worked in the USA, in Florida, Georgia, Carolina, Tennessee, Delaware. Then he returned to the Bahamas, but didn't record anything
until the field recordings collected on The Complete Folkways Recordings, 1958 (Smithsonian, 1992). It was followed by
Bahaman Folk Guitar (Folkways, 1959).
His most original album was probably
Happy All the Time (Elektra, 1964)
He later recorded
Good Morning Mr Walker (Arhoolie, 1972),
Living On The Hallelujah Side (Rounder, 1980)
The Spring of Sixty-Five (Rounder, 1992).
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