blues musician, Memphis
Tennessee Folklife Heritage Award (2009)
Photo by Robert Cogswell
Like many notable musicians before him, Robert Belfour (1940- ) moved to Memphis from the surrounding countryside before making a name for himself in the blues. In Belfour’s case, notoriety was slow to materialize but well-deserved. As a boy he learned to sing and play guitar in the Mississippi hill country blues tradition from his father and other local musicians in Holly Springs. Construction work brought him to Memphis in 1968, with music remaining his active sideline until he retired 35 years later. By that point he’d gained considerable local recognition and limited opportunities beyond, but since then he’s enjoyed a busy career touring both nationally and abroad. Today, Belfour is one of America’s foremost living country bluesmen and Memphis’ strongest link to the rural stream that forged its musical heritage.
To see Robert Belfour’s profile in the 2009 Governor’s Arts Awards program, click here.
For more about Robert Belfour, go to:
Youtube addr for 2009 Gov Awd
For further reading, see:
Camarigg, Mark, “Robert Belfour: The Wolfman Speaks,” Living Blues 36, #6 (issue #181) (Nov/Dec 2005): 20-25.
Cogswell, Robert, Tradition: Tennessee Lives & Legacies (Nashville: Tennessee Arts Commission, 2010), pp. 12-17.
What's Wrong With You, Fat Possum CD 80336-2 (2000)
Pushin' My Luck, Fat Possum CD 80369-2 (2003)
The Spirit Lives On: Deep South Country Blues and Spirituals, Hot Fox (CD 1994)
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