It's hard to believe that Skip James almost drifted into obscurity.
Like most enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame, he was an absolute original. A genuine musical innovator.
These days Skip James is considered by many to be the greatest of the delta blues singers. His songwriting, vocal stylings, and otherworldy ability on the guitar and piano influenced everyone, including a young Robert Johnson.
But back in the 1930's, when he was cutting records for Paramount, he didn't look like he had much of a future ahead of him. The Great Depression wiped out his record label, so James gave it all up and went dormant for decades.
But re-discovered by music lovers in the 60's folk revival, James 2nd act proved more powerful than his first.
This is his story.