|Also known as||Guitar Slim
Blues Servant Boy
March 16, 1902|
Charles City County, Virginia, United States
|Died||May 11, 1972
New York, United States
|Genres||Country blues, Piedmont blues|
|Occupations||Singer, guitarist, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Louis Hayes|
Alec Seward (March 16, 1902 – May 11, 1972) was an American Piedmont and country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. Some of his records were released under pseudonyms, such as Guitar Slim, Blues Servant Boy, King Blues and Georgia Slim. His best remembered recordings were "Creepin' Blues" and "Some People Say".
Seward, one of fourteen siblings, was born in Charles City County, Virginia. Similar to Gabriel Brown, Ralph Willis and Brownie McGhee, Seward relocated from the Southern United States to New York, in his case in 1924.
Seward befriended Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, and retained his Piedmont blues styling despite changes in musical trends. He met Louis Hayes (who later became a minister in northern New Jersey) and the duo performed variously named as the Blues Servant Boys, Guitar Slim and Jelly Belly, or The Back Porch Boys. During the 1940s and 1950s Seward played and recorded with Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, McGhee and Terry. Around 1947 Seward, Guthrie, and Terry, recorded several chain gang related songs including "Chain Gang Special", and some other older songs adapted to having chain gang themes. They were later released on the compilation album, Best of the War Years.
- Creepin' Blues (1965) – Bluesville
- Late One Saturday Evening (1996) – Blues Alliance
- The Back Porch Boys (2002) – Delmark
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