Delta Blues guitarist who was known for his genteel, warm image, which showed through his introspective music.
He recorded a song at a mobile recording studio of the Vocalion Company at a talent search in Mississippi; his singing impressed the company so much that they flew him out to New York.
Never really popular in the 1920s due to his soft-spoken nature and a dislike for the limelight, he was rediscovered and popularized in the early 1960s by a new generation.
He was born in Carroll County, Mississippi as one of three children of Isom Hurt and Mary Jan McCain.
His work has been covered by many artists, including Jerry Garcia.