Happy Birthday, Huddie!

January 20, 2024, 9:00 pm

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Huddie Ledbetter and Martha Promise Ledbetter, 1935 (Photo: Library of Congress Lomax Collection, PD)

A salute to Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, born January 20, 1888. Today, ninety years after recording “The Midnight Special” at Angola Prison, his vibrant songs still ring loud and clear.