Watch the Black Horse Blues online guitar lesson by Paul Rishell from Dirt Road Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson (September 1893 - December 1929) is believed to have been born in Coutchman, Texas, near Wortham. His first blues recordings created a commercial demand for country blues that would peak in his lifetime and last another 20 years beyond it. He recorded nearly 100 tracks between 1926 and 1929. His success was so great that he had his own limousine and chauffeur. He was found dead on the streets of Chicago on New Year's Day in 1930, possibly from a heart attack or from exposure.
This was the 7th song that Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded. He only used this guitar accompaniment one other time, and that was as a break in "Lonesome House Blues." This is probably the most difficult song to sing and play simultaneously of the entire course. I found it helpful to learn the guitar parts independently from the singing and vice versa, and when I knew both parts well, it was easier to combine them. We're in standard tuning, no capo and the song is in the key of C.