Saturday, August 27, 2005
Huddie Ledbetter's Grave, Shiloh Baptist Church near Mooringsport
While his statue on Texas St in Shreveport implies he lived there, Huddie spent more of his life in prisons, in various locations in Texas and in New York City than he did in Shreveport. But visiting Shreveport was an important part of growing up in the country, he reminds listeners in "Mister Tom Hughes' Town." Hughes was the chief of police.
Leadbelly's songbook includes "Goodnight, Irene," "Midnight Special," "Good Morning, Blues," "Alberta," "In the Pines," and "Rock Island Line." His tunes have been lauded by Kurt Cobain, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton and many more august musicians. Driving directions to his grave site - quite a pretty drive in the fall - are to be found at blues.about.com.