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Jack O' Diamonds Is A Hard Card To Play
Mance Lipscomb
Jack O' Diamonds Is A Hard Card To Play

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Mance Lipscomb was a key Texas blues artist in the 1950’s and ’60s blues and folk revival. His style & repertoire are closely related to those of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly, Henry Thomas and Lightnin’ Hopkins, among others. Comparing Lipscomb’s version of this classic gambling song with Blind Lemon Jefferson’s seems to reveal something about each artist’s individual style, as well as the (broadly) common features of Texas blues style, and the nature & context of the song Jack O’ Diamonds itself.