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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Highway 61 - Willie Foster

Willie Foster was born Sept. 19, 1921 on a cotton sack four miles east of Leland while his mother was picking cotton. After that experience she was never able to have any more children. His family share cropped and made about $100 a year. He bought juice harps at age 5 or 6 and made a diddley bow on the side of the house. Bought his first harmonica for 25 cents he saved from carrying water to the fields for two weeks at age seven. With no sisters or brothers he helped his family farm and shared cropped from age 7 to 17 often with sacks tied on his feet for shoes. He only got to attend school until fourth grade and later years only when it rained and he couldn’t go to the field.
From the movie (MG Video Productions): "Honeyboy" a Free Range Pictures production©
This video was uploaded for only ONE reason: to inspire artist Theo Reijders for making a painting of Willie Foster.
And Theo did a hell of a job!! Very special work in colours and atmosphere. A really outstanding result!!
His painting was sold during the auction at the Dutch Benefit for the Highway 61 Blues Project to a very, very proud new owner!
I planned to delete the video afterwards.... surprised by so many wonderful and heartwarming reactions..... it is still here!! And it will stay that way.
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