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Maybelle's Style (0:59)

The most unique thing from my perspective is the sort of combination of melody and chords that [Maybelle] played with. I guess it developed really naturally out of having no one to play with, so putting it all together herself. It's a really -- sometimes I think about it -- it's a very interesting way to play lead, because she really was the lead player in their little band. Sometimes I find it kind of interesting that it's a style that a woman came up with because it's kind of unique, that it incorporated the rhythm playing and constantly... so that even when she's taking a lead, she never stops with the support of the whole band. I guess she couldn't, but it's a very interesting style.

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