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George Daniels was born April 27, 1929 in Macon County, Alabama. George still lives not far from where he was raised. He can really sing the blues and is a deep blues guitar and harp player. George… George Daniels was born April 27, 1929 in Macon County, Alabama. George still lives not far from where he was raised.
He can really sing the blues and is a deep blues guitar and harp player. George treasures and nurtures the old ways in which he was raised. He makes his own molasses and can distill a world class rye whiskey. George said, “I learned to play from my daddy. He gave me a guitar and I began to play when I was 7 years old. The first song I learned was “Rabbit on the Log.” I started blowing the harp for school marches. We had about 4 piece marching band playing the harp. We were just little kids. We marched and blew for school events and such.
I got into the blues when I was 21 years old. I got some of those records and I started playing behind them. My daddy was a farmer, I farmed a little while but I didn’t like it, the money was to slow working on the farm. I went into cutting and hauling pulp-wood, then I went into a mechanic shop. Back then they would have those old time frolics and we played every weekend. That is when it was a dime a set. They would pay the musicians a dime for every round of the cake-walk. I make rye whiskey, you have got to put it up and let it sit. Rye makes the best whiskey if you are going to make something. I played in the juke joints, it was alright, I still play in the jukes today. I’m an old man now and music is all about that I can do.”
Source: Music Maker Foundation