Guitarist and singer Boo Hanks has a new video titled Pickin’ Low Cotton. Hanks, a descendant of Abraham Lincoln on his mother’s side, is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years. He sings and plays guitar in the style of the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. At the age of 79, he made his first recording and at 82 he has enjoyed performances around home as well as Lincoln Center and Belgium.
“Most people, when they hear me play, they think it’s two guitars, because I play the bass and the other strings at the same time,” says Hanks. “They say, man that’s two guitars, and I say no, me, it’s just me by myself. They say, don’t believe you, it sounds like two guitars to me.”
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