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Fruteland Jackson (USA)

 

 From Sunflower County, Mississippi, Fruteland Jackson is a widely-travelled singer/songwriter whose repertoire ranges from field hollers and work songs to Mississippi Delta and Piedmont guitar styles. He is one of a select group of Americans dedicated to gathering, preserving and performing acoustic blues, in all its forms.  Born into a musical and church-going family, he was given his first guitar at the age of 12 and grew up surrounded by the blues.  "My father, grandfather and uncles all had the blues and brought them home daily... it wasn’t no festival either."  At college in Chicago he majored in performing arts, and has since been a private detective and run a wholesale seafood company.  When his business became a casualty of Hurricane Elena in 1985 he took to the road as a blues artist and oral historian.  As a performer he is a consistent crowd pleaser with a style that puts people totally at ease while they enjoy his music and humour.  He was awarded the 1996 Illinois Arts Council Folk/Ethnic Heritage Award and is the recipient of the 1997 W. C. Handy Award for "Keeping The Blues Alive".  In the W. C. Handy Awards he was nominated for Best Acoustic Album in 2004 received two nominations for Best Acoustic Artist and Best Acoustic Album in 2008.

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