New blues makers honor Patton, Mississippi Sheiks

February 26, 2014 10:09:13 AM

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JACKSON -- Two new Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveiled Tuesday honor legendary blues artist Charley Patton and country blues guitar and fiddle group, the Mississippi Sheiks. 

 

The markers for Patton and the Sheiks, which featured members of the Chatmon family, will be placed in Bolton. 

 

Patton was a sharecropper, now known as "King of the Delta Blues singers," who influenced virtually every Mississippi bluesman after him and recorded standards like "High Water Everywhere." Patton died in 1934. 

 

The Henderson Chatmon family produced some of Mississippi's most important blues and string band musicians. Henderson's sons Armenter, better known as "Bo Carter," and Sam Chatmon recorded extensively as solo artists, and both also recorded with the Mississippi Sheiks, a popular group that featured their brother Lonnie Chatmon on fiddle.