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Posted By: GUEST,keberoxu
18-Sep-19 - 05:16 PM
Thread Name: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
Subject: RE: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
DeFord Bailey is the very artist
whose name I could not remember,
as I was hearing of him for the very first time,
while watching the broadcast.

This is not the first episode I am speaking of, which I missed.
The only episode I have seen is
"Hard Times," Episode Two,
in which Mavis Staples,
the proud surviving member of the African-American Staples Singers,
sings Stephen Foster's song -- the first performance in the episode.
We don't see footage of Ms. Staples, we just hear her voice with piano.

And it is DeFord Bailey of whom
Wynton Marsalis speaks, providing commentary to that episode.
The episode includes the film footage
of DeFord Bailey's return to the Grand Ole Opry
many years after he had been let go;
it is footage of a live performance,
the artist with his harmonica at the microphone,
playing and vocalizing simultaneously,
concluding to thunderous live applause.

A memorable introduction for a newbie like me
who has never before heard of DeFord Bailey,
and one that will stick in my memory --
I will make it a point to remember him.