Video: Skip James – Devil Got My Woman

This video (below) was recorded in 1966.  Skip James, the man with the guitar and the voice, died 40 years ago, back in 1969.

I'd added a version of Devil Got My Woman to my monthly playlist at the start of the year; this one I'd heard on the Beyond Mississippi compilation and it fitted beautifully alongside music by Nick Mulvey and Shearwater, none of which referenced his Deep South blues style but seemed to me to come from a similar, internal, human place.  His sound, with a slower tempo than the video suggests, remains timeless.

The video, at the time of writing, had been viewed nearly 200,000 times on YouTube.  With that kind of audience, Skip'd make a decent claim for stardom now, 107 years after his birth.

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