William Carradine was born in Garden city LA in 1896, so he was quite an old man when he encountered Fred Ramsay, one of the earliest and most enthusiastic of the young music researchers who travelled the South with their recording equipment, looking for the originators of the Blues. Fred was in Natchez MS in 1957 when he met a sax-player, Thermond Monroe, who told him about an old guy who lived in the slum district of Buckner’s Alley, who was a good singer. Near a place called Tin Can Alley they found William in his shack, but he wasn’t interested in singing the Blues for them, because he had taken to religion and forsworn “the Devil’s music”. He didn’t even have a guitar, but when Thermond borrowed one from a neighbour, William began to sing his Gospel tunes and ‘spirituals’. Eventually he was persuaded to sing some Blues songs, and six of these appeared on a Folkways album, alongside some of his religious numbers.