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Sam Langhorne "The Gospel According to Sam" 10" Record


Sam Langhorne (1933-2007) was known among locals as the best blues guitarist to come out of Oxford, Mississippi, but he somehow eluded the blues mafia who scoured the state looking for talent. The recordings here are the first ever issued by Langhorne, who demonstrates his skills performing traditional gospel in a style remarkably similar to Mississippi John Hurt. Langhorne learned guitar from his moth Camilla, who played at sanctified church services, but he eventually chose the blues lifestyle.

The recordings here were made around 1963 by two former Ole Miss football stars who befriended Langhorn and cut a session with him only to put aside the tapes for half a century. Jimmy Hall went on to pursue a career acting in New York City and L.A., while Robert Khayat had a Pro Bowl career with the Washington Redskins before returning to the University of Mississippi, where he became a celebrated Chancellor.

Liner notes by Scott Barretta and a fold-out poster are included in the is record as well as a digital download.