During his 65-year career, Edwards (who turns 83 this summer), seems to have met nearly every bluesman of note and has a story to go with each one. He was one of the first of his generation to come up behind such prototypical Delta bluesmen as Charlie Patton and Tommy Johnson, both of whom inspired him when he saw them play in the streets and at plantations. At 17 Edwards teamed up with Big Joe Williams who showed him how to hustle as they hoboed around the South. It was just this nomadic life which kept him from recording until 1951.
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