Today we’re sharing an audio clip of West Virginia blues musician Nat Reese (1924-2012) performing “Lulu’s Back in Town” and “You Left Me” at Appalshop’s Seedtime on the Cumberland festival in 1997. Emcee’d with characteristic warmth and humor by late WMMT staff member Buck Maggard. #tbt #BlackHistoryMonth
Preserved from DAT format by Appalshop Archive with funds from the GRAMMY Foundation. This recording is part of our Live Seedtime on the Cumberland Recordings, 1987-2000 collection.
Nat Reese “began playing the guitar as a young man and performed in various string bands that played throughout the coalfields in the days before racial integration. For a time, he led a group called the Starlight Gospel Singers, based in Itmann, Wyoming County. Later, Nat concentrated on blues and swing music, often appearing with renowned fiddler Howard Armstrong.” – Courtesy of West Virginia Music Hall of Fame
Image of Nat Reese courtesy of WV Division of Culture and History