Skip James Killing Floor Blues

Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969)  was an American Delta Blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter.

His guitar playing is noted for its dark sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate finger picking technique. James first recorded for Paramount Records in 1931, but these recordings sold poorly , and he drifted into obscurity.

After a long absence from the public eye, James was rediscovered in 1964 by blues enthusiasts, helping further the blues and folk revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, James appeared at folk and blues festivals, gave concerts around the country and recorded several albums for various record labels. His songs have influenced generations of musicians and have been adapted by numerous artists. He has been hailed as “one of the seminal figures of the blues.