A convicted murderer performing songs for a bunch of kids? Huddie Ledbetter's life was certainly one of both remarkable fact and fascinating legend. When it came down to it, though, his rapport with children as a performer was tender-hearted and easy-going, as evidenced by Lead Belly Sings for Children.
Better known to the musical world as 12-string blues guitarist Lead Belly, Ledbetter played a wide variety of songs for his young audiences. His best in-studio cuts and live performances for kids were collected on Lead Belly Sings for Children, a sort of catch-all CD that culls tunes from several Folkways albums.
For a family-friendly history of the blues, check out Lead Belly Sing for Children, one of the Best Classic Kids' Albums of all time.
Image Courtesy Smithsonian Folkways