Delta Blind Billy

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Delta Blind Billy, or Blind Billy, was an American Delta blues artist and outlaw.[1] As a traveling bluesman in Mississippi, he performed with his contemporaries Arthur Big Boy Crudup and Papa Charlie McCoy.[2] One of his notable songs, "Hidden Man Blues", was an early variant of "Man of Constant Sorrow", with the following lyric: "Man of sorrow all my days / Left the home where I been raised."[3] He recorded his version of "Man of Constant Sorrow" in the 1930s.[4] His play on "Man of Constant Sorrow" suggests he traveled extensively, possibly through Appalachia. He is known for recording songs about being an outlaw, despite being blind.[5] Delta Blind Billy is not to be confused with the earlier musician, Blind Billy, who was a former slave.[6]


Many version of "Man of Constant Sorrow" have been released and remains a popular song in folk/bluegrass circles.[citation needed] The modern R&B artist Adia Victoria released the song "Sea of Sand" referencing Delta Blind Billy in the chorus.[7]


  1. ^ "Watch Delta Blind Billy Video". Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ "In praise of … Delta bluesmen | Comment is free". The Guardian. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  3. ^ Zinn, Xavier (2011). Bob Dylan's Songs of the 1960's. Websters Digital Service. p. 32.
  4. ^ Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Michel (2015). Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track. Black Dog and Leventhal. pp. 51–52.
  5. ^ "Delta Blind Billy / Waitin Round For you Woman : Delta Blind Billy : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  6. ^ "African–American History Month 2008 at the Library of Virginia". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  7. ^ Rhoades, Lindsey. "Adia Victoria | Baby's All Right | Music, Blues, Gothic, Singer-Songwriter | New York News, Food, Culture and Events". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-12-18.