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November 04, 2011

From the Diddy Bow to Bo Diddley

We regularly check in with Bill Ferris, one of this country's most outstanding folklorists. Today, Dick Gordon talks with Bill about the "single strand" instruments that led the way to the blues that we know today. Bill was in rural Mississippi with a tape recorder in the 1970s, when for the first time in his life he heard a single strand of wire being played as a musical instrument. The wire was fixed to the side of a wooden shack, and played with a bottle.

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