(October 8, 1955 – November 8, 1998) was an American blues musician
maker from Lexington
. He was notable in that he was one of only a handful of young African American musicians
from Mississippi who had learned and was continuing the Delta blues
and country blues
traditions of the older generations.
In addition to the acoustic
and electric guitar
, Pitchford was also skilled at the one-string guitar and diddley bow
, a one-string instrument of African
origin, as well as the double bass
. He was a protégé of Robert Lockwood, Jr.
, from whom he learned the style of Robert Johnson
. His own debut album
, All Round Man
was released on Rooster Blues Records in 1994.
In November 1998, Pitchford died at his home in Lexington, from AIDS
. A diddley bow is featured on his headstone
which was paid for by John Fogerty
and Rooster Blues Records through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund
. His grave
is located near the grave of Elmore James
, in the New Port Baptist Church cemetery
in Holmes County, Mississippi
- American Patchwork: Songs and Stories of America, part 3: "The Land Where the Blues Began" (1990). Written, directed, and produced by Alan Lomax; developed by the Association for Cultural Equity at Columbia University and Hunter College. North Carolina Public TV; A Dibb Direction......