Bill Sheffield Band De Jour
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Bill’s self-described “obsession” with the blues began even earlier than his discovery of Blind Willie Johnson. His father turned him on to music by repeatedly playing a favorite Jimmy Reed song. The inquisitive younger Sheffield listened and absorbed the whole Reed album. Shortly after that he discovered the Folkways collection at the local library and began immersing himself in early American roots music. He was also beginning to play guitar, learning the intricate style used by the guitar greats of the early blues movement.
“I play a fairly rare style,” he says. “It’s a finger picking style inspired by John Hurt and Blind Blake. It dances by itself. You can sit there and play guitar and it just dances. Sometimes when I’m really swinging it feels like my hands are disconnected from my body.”