About Blues Music: Sylvester Weaver

About Sylvester Weaver: (July 25, 1896 or 1897 – April 4, 1960)

Sylvester Weaver played blues guitar and was a pioneer of country blues. Like many bluesmen, he worked blue collar jobs as a porter, a chauffeur, packer and janitor. In 1923, he recorded “Guitar Blues” and “Guitar Rag”, the first blues guitar instrumentals, first recorded country blues and the first known recordings of a slide guitar. Weaver often played his guitar using a knife as a slide, bottleneck style. Since 1989, the Kentuckiana Blues Society has presented its Sylvester Weaver Award annually to honor those who have rendered outstanding services to blues music.

Essential Blues music tracks from Sylvester Weaver: “Guitar Rag,” and “Guitar Blues”


Famous for playing with: Sara Martin


Listen to clips: “Bottleneck Blues” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7JAGP0BzbA

“Can’t Be Trusted Blues” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fPyUjeYGyc





Guitar Blues

Guitar Rag

Longing for Daddy Blues (with Sara Martin singing)

I’ve Got to Go and Leave My Daddy Behind (with Sara Martin singing)


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