Casey Bill Weldon, as is noted in the description of “Casey Bills New WPA”, also wrote a song called “WPA Blues.” The version that is presented here was recorded by the great Big Bill Broonzy.

Lee Conly Bradley, aka Big Bill Broonzy was one of 17 children born in Arkansas. Originally playing violin he switched to guitar and developed a great style of finger picking. He worked clubs in Arkansas and Chicago and got his big break substituting for Robert Johnson (who was murdered in Mississippi) at the famous “From Spirituals to Swing” concert at Carnegie Hall presented by John Hammond in 1938. He later moved to the Netherlands to escape the Jim Crow South and was much loved and appreciated. He married and had a son in Amsterdam. He died in 1958.


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