The first white bluesman to record, Frank Hutchison
recorded for a brief three years. But the 32 tunes that he recorded between 1926 and 1929 influenced everyone from Leo Kottke
and Spider John Koerner
to Bob Dylan
and Paul Geremia
. Doc Watson
covered both sides of Hutchinson
's first single, "Worried Blues"/"The Train That Carried the Girl Back Home, "recorded in New York in October 1926. Cowboy Copas
's tune "Coney Isle," renamed it "Alabam'," and had a country hit in 1960. An ex-miner, Hutchison
reportedly learned to play the blues by watching Bill Hurt, a disabled black man, as a youngster. Best known for his slide guitar playing, Hutchison
held his guitar on his lap, in the style popularized in Hawaii.
On September 24 and 25, 1929, Hutchison
recorded in Atlanta, along with Emmett Miller
, Fiddlin' John Carson
, Namour & Smith, Moonshine Kate
, Bud Blue, the Black Brothers, and Martin Molloy, a three-disc album of music and comedy entitled The Medicine Show.
Following his last recording session in September 1929, Hutchison
worked as a steamboat entertainer and a store owner.