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Lesson notes

Rev. Gary Davis was one of the most influential blues players of the last century. Death Don't Have No Mercy is one of his iconic tunes that was covered and rearranged by artists like Hot Tuna and The Grateful Dead. This lesson looks specifically at the way Davis recorded it on his album Harlem Street Singer. There will be a follow up lesson looking at Jorma Kaukonen's versions and improvising over the progression but this is where it started for all of us who love to play in his style.