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Big Bill Broonzy

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Big Bill Broonzy’s Spirited Blues

Big Bill Broonzy, born Lee Bradley in 1893, switched from violin to acoustic guitar and moved from his native Jefferson County, Arkansas, to Chicago by the early Twenties, where he began carving a unique musical niche that melded folk, country blues, ragtime, spirituals and “hokum” (a style of “comedic” blues spawned in the late Twenties).