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Mose Vinson is one of the last practitioners of genuine barrel house blues piano. Originally from Holly Springs, MS, Vinson worked as a clean-up man and part-time pianist for Sam Phillip's Sun label in Memphis. Between sessions, Vinson would sit at the piano and play "44 Blues" so often he eventually convinced Phillips to record him in 1954. In addition, he also appeared on records by James Cotton, Walter Horton, Joe Hill Louis and others, although his own Sun sides went unreleased for 30 years. Mose's first full-length CD was finally released in 1997. Vinson still keeps his regular weekend gig playing at the Center for Southern Folklore on Beale Street.