Assembly of Dust

complete history of songs

Leadbelly


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This song has been played live 30 time/s.

History of the song:

First performed (solo)
February 2, 2005
Maxwell's Hoboken NJ

First Full Band
August 19, 2005
Mexicali Blues Cafe Teaneack NJ

Written about blues legend Leadbelly. According to the best genealogical evidence, he was born January 23, 1888.(d.December 6, 1949)
Given name Huddie William Ledbetter
Prisoned for the second time (1918), after killing one of his relatives, Will Stafford, in a fight. It is said that he was released seven years into his twenty year sentence after writing a song appealing to Governor Pat Morris Neff for his freedom.
3rd Prison sentence (1930) It was there, three years later, that he was "discovered" by musicologists John and Alan Lomax, who were enchanted by his talent, passion and singularity as a performer, and recorded hundreds of his songs on portable recording equipment for the Library of Congress. The following year Lead Belly was once again pardoned, this time after a petition for his early release was taken to Louisiana Governor O.K. Allen by the Lomaxes (it was on the other side of a recording of one of his most popular songs, "Goodnight Irene"). But records show he was released due to good behavior, and mention nothing of the song.
Leadbetter first acquired his famous nickname while he was in prison; his fellow inmates dubbed him "Lead Belly" as a play on his last name and a testament to his physical toughness.


This song is not a cover song.

The following guests artists have performed this song:

February 12, 2005
B Cervantes Ballroom Denver CO

February 25, 2005
Stone Church NewMarket NH


This songs hasn't been performed as a part of 'Assembly of Mud'.

'Assembly of Dirt' have performed this song on these occasions:

February 12, 2005
B Cervantes Ballroom Denver CO

February 25, 2005
Stone Church NewMarket NH


This songs hasn't been performed as a part of 'Assembly of Wood'.

This song has not been a segue.