BUTCH CAGE

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Fiddler James "Butch" Cage was one of the last exponents of the 19th century black string band tradition, and his wild, kinetic playing represents a world that is all but lost in the current century. Born on March 16, 1894, in Hamburg, MS, Cage's first real instrument was a cane fife, and he also became a credible guitar player, but his musical soul mate was to be the fiddle, and his wild, energetic lines on the instrument had a truly African feel. He moved to southwest Louisiana following the devastating Mississippi floods of 1927, eventually settling in Zachary, where he worked a succession of menial jobs while playing string band music at house parties and church functions, often in conjunction with guitarist Willie B. Thomas. Musicologist Harry Oster heard the pair playing in Zachary in 1959, and Oster's field recordings of Cage and Thomas became a wonderful glimpse at the read more...
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BUTCH CAGE Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas : Old Time Black Southern String Band Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas : Old Time Black Southern String Band Music
Jazz Related Blues 2006

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BUTCH CAGE Butch Cage, Willie B. Thomas , and Various : Country Negro Jam Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Butch Cage, Willie B. Thomas , and Various : Country Negro Jam Sessions
Jazz Related Blues 1960

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