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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Rubin Lacey

Rubin "Rube" Lacey (aka Reverend Rubin Lacy), b. January 2, 1901 in Pelahatchie, MS, d. ca. 1972 in Bakersfield, CA. Learning guitar and mandolin from the unrecorded George Hendrix as a young man, Lacey moved to Jackson, where he contributed to the musical ideas of Tommy Johnson and Ishman Bracey. In 1927, he recorded a solitary, but outstanding 78 rpm record. Lacey's secular career ended when he became a preacher in 1932, but when rediscovered in 1966 he was a mine of information about both his blues and his preaching careers, and became the chief subject of Alfred Rosenberg's book The Art Of The American Folk Preacher.