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Diamond Jim Greene
Diamond Jim Greene received his blues baptism as a child from one of Chicago's most legendary street musicians, the late Blind Arvella Gray. Inspired by the passion of Gray's music and the reaction of his street-corner audience, as well as the blues he heard emanating from clubs near his south side home, by the mid-80s Greene found himself living in Virginia. There he began to get club gigs and was soon on his way. Well versed in the acoustic blues tradition from the hard-driving Delta blues to the airy, finger picking Piedmont style, Greene has absorbed his mentors' lessons well: he's an internationally- renowned instrumentalist, regularly touring Europe, who carries on the acoustic blues heritage with dedication and deep-hearted spirit.

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