The Last Man Standing | Barrett Martin

February 18, 2015 6:37 PM

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The Last Man Standing | Barrett Martin

My work as a musician has offered me a unique window into the lives of some of the most extraordinary people on the planet. I've gotten to see some amazing parts of the world, worked with musicians in their own environments, and one of those places is right here in the US, in the Mississippi Delta. I've always felt a strong connection to the Delta, largely because of its rich musical legacy, but also perhaps because my father's side of the family were originally from Fayetteville, AR. They were working class folks, loggers to be exact, and they worked in the logging camps of the Ozark Mountains. My grandmother was actually born in one of those logging camps, in a tent hospital. My father was born in Washington State when the clan moved north to log in the Olympic Peninsula, and that's where I was born too. But I've always felt a genetic pull to the South my entire life, and as a result, I'm on my way back there again to play some shows with one of their great bluesmen.

This is a story about CeDell Davis, the legendary delta bluesman and the toughest man I've ever met. Lots of people talk about being tough when they play the Blues (or Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop, and Country for that matter) but CeDell Davis, more than anyone I've ever met in my life, has literally lived ...

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