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Folklorist Timothy Duffy and the Undersung Blues People of the Rural South
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7/9/2019 at 7:25:31 PM GMT
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Folklorist Timothy Duffy and the Undersung Blues People of the Rural South

By Debbie Elliott––

“Timothy Duffy is on a mission to document America's vernacular music — specifically, the blues — and the everyday men and women who carry on the tradition. He's the co-founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit that helps struggling and aging musicians.

Duffy is also a photographer, and his new project is a collection of portraits of these musicians, who are not typically in the spotlight. It's the subject of an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art through the end of July.

Duffy's vivid black-and-white portraits, captured with an early photographic process called tintype, are also collected in the new book, Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy's Southern Photographs. The book includes a compilation album so you can hear the music behind the faces.


To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR’s website.

Kytle, Ethan and Blain Roberts. “Capturing The Undersung Blues People Of The Rural South.” NPR. (July 7, 2019). <>



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