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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Rufus G. Perryman

b. October 23, 1892 in Monroe, LA, d. January 2, 1973 in St. Louis, MO. Although his singing and piano playing were barely adequate, Perryman’s work has a rather endearing, basic earthiness to it. In this respect it is sometimes preferable to the more bland styles that developed as the blues became an acceptable part of popular entertainment. He played mostly in the south, achieving wider popularity as a result of recordings, and in the late 50s and early 60s he toured Europe. In 1970 he recorded music for the soundtrack of the film Blues Like Showers Of Rain. Perryman, who was also known as Speckled Red, was the elder brother of William ‘ Piano Red’ Perryman.