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J. B. Lenoir
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Where they’re from: Monticello, Mississippi
Who they are: Lenoir was born in Monticello, Mississippi. His full given name was simply “J. B.”; the letters were not initials. Lenoir’s guitar-playing father introduced him to the music of Blind Lemon Jefferson, which became a major influence. During the early 1940s, Lenoir worked with the blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James in New Orleans. He was later influenced by Arthur Crudup and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Lenoir’s work had overtly political content relating to racism and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Years active: 1950s–1967
Essential albums: Alabama Blues (1965), Vietnam Blues (1995)