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Viola Lee Blues
by Noah Lewis
Noah Lewis (September 3, 1890 or 1895 – February 7, 1961) was an American jug band and country blues musician, generally known for playing the harmonica.

Lewis was born in Henning, Tennessee, his birth year being variously cited as 1890 or 1895. He learned to play harmonica as a child. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in his early teens. By the time he met Gus Cannon in Memphis in 1907, he was already a respected original stylist on the harmonica, noted for his liquid tone and breath control, which allowed him to generate enormous volume from the instrument. By then he was also noted for his ability to play two harmonicas at once – one through his mouth and one through his nose, a trick he probably taught to Big Walter Horton, who recorded briefly as a teenager with the Memphis Jug Band some 20 years later. Lewis developed his unusual levels of breath control and volume from playing in local string bands and brass marching bands on the streets of Memphis...

...Lewis died in poverty, of gangrene brought on by frostbite, in Ripley, Tennessee, in 1961. He is buried in a cemetery near Nutbush, Tennessee.

Several of his songs were included in the repertoire of the Grateful Dead, including "New, New Minglewood Blues", "Viola Lee Blues", and "Big Railroad Blues".

To read his whole biography go to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Lewis
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