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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Eddie Anthony

Eddie Anthony, b. 1890, d. 1934 in Atlanta, GA, country blues and jazz musician, active 1920s - 1930s. He played the violin.

His style of playing, primarily accompanying Peg Leg Howell, offered the rarity of black string band music, which disappeared with the advent of recording blues guitarists. Anthony worked with Howell throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. He also recorded "Georgia Crawl" with Henry Williams. Anthony died in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934.

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by Joslyn Layne
Georgian fiddler Eddie Anthony played country blues during the 1920s and '30s, as well as playing alongside Peg Leg Howell. Anthony and guitarist Henry Williams recorded the song "Georgia Crawl" together, and were members of Peg Leg Howell's Gang. In the late '20s, the string band recorded "Banjo Blues" as well as the dance tune "Turkey Buzzard Blues," which is better known as "Turkey in the Straw." The fiddler performed with Howell's band until his own death in 1934.