Sunday, October 17, 2010
Justice For All
A native of West Virginia, folksinger Dick Justice blended both blues and folk patterns on his recordings of the late '20s.
Born Richard Justice in 1906, he played with many black musicians as a youth and listened to blues records as well.
Justice recorded a total of ten sides for Brunswick during 1929 (some as a duo with Reese Jarvis), including a version of "Henry Lee" that later gained inclusion on Harry Smith's 1952 folksong collection Anthology of American Folk Music.
Little is known about the rest of Justice's life, though he often worked in the coal mines.
Many of his sides were compiled on the Document collection Old-Time Music from West Virginia (1927-1929).
1.) Brown Skin Blues; 2.) Cocaine; 3.) Henry Lee; 4.) Little Lulie; 5.) Old Black Dog; 6.) One Cold December Day; 7.) Guian Valley Waltz; 8.) Muskrat Rag; 9.) Poca River Blues; 10.) Poor Girl's Waltz