The Atlanta Bluesmen: Peg Leg Howell and His Gang

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    …of my songs around the country. I picked them up from anybody – no special person. Mostly they just sang, did not play anything.” Over time, Howell learned to play guitar in standard tuning, as well as in Spanish, open C, and Vastopol, which he used for slide. (For more on the Spanish and Vastopol tunings, see Blues Origins: Spanish Fandango and Sebastopol.) Howell worked on a farm until 1916, when he lost his right leg to a shotgun blast from hi…

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