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Peg Leg Sam: Kickin’ It

Accompanied only by an acoustic guitar and by the thumping sound of his own wooden leg, Peg Leg Sam blends down-home humor and harmonica virtuosity on Kickin’ It. A one-time traveling medicine show entertainer from the ’30s, Sam recorded these Piedmont and Delta blues classics in 1970 and 1972 for the Trix label. Among the many highlights here are unaccompanied harmonica showcases like “Lost John,” “Reuben” and the show-stopping “Peg’s Fox Chase.” Sam also delivers one rhyming story, “Ode to Bad Bill,” in folksy fashion. A favorite of folklorist Alan Lomax, Peg Leg Sam (born Arthur Jackson in Jonesville, S.C.) was an irrepressible showman from the old school. We may never see the likes of him again.

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