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Watch the Swingin' with John online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

John Hurt, that is - Mississippi John Hurt. I don’t have a whole lot of regrets about coming of age before the ubiquity of smartphones and social media, but I do have one. In 2003 I gave a workshop at the Denver Folklore Center to promote a book I’d written, and in chatting with the proprietor about this and that it transpired that he had one of Hurt’s guitars on the premises. It turned out to be the Guild that Hurt picked out in New York City in the early 1960s. I got to play the guitar, we took a couple pictures, but they weren’t on my camera and I never got to see them. Lost to history, rather than becoming my Facebook avatar. Maybe it’s for the best.