Born in Byram, Mississippi in January 1901, Ishman Bracey (aka Ishmon) was one of the foremost figures of the early Delta scene. He moved to Jackson in his early teens where he often busked during the 1920's with local celebrities such as Charlie McCoy and Son Spand, and became a close friend and musical colleague of Tommy Johnson for many years. His guitar work was straightforward and effective and his vocals were slightly harsh with a nasal overtone. Sadly he recorded only a few sides, for Paramount, and these were all recorded in a two year period from 1928 to 1929. He eventually fell out with Johnson after a dispute over money and Johnson's drinking habits. After the second world war he moved away from the music business and played very little except for pleasure and for friends. Always a deeply religious man, in 1951 Bracey became an ordained Baptist minister in Jackson and never played the blues again. He even refused to come out of retirement in the 1960's during the country blues revival of that period. Ishman Bracey died in Jackson in 1970 aged 69.

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