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Interview excerpt in which Precious Bryant discusses some of her earliest musical experiences. Recorded by Steve Bransford in Waverly Hall, Georgia, 2003. Courtesy of Steve Bransford. From "Blues in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley" by Steve Bransford.

Precious Bryant: Well, I used to watch my daddy, and I watched my uncle, watched George Henry. And, you know, just going on like that on and on, and I started hittin’ a few tunes myself. And uh, dragging around that old big guitar, which was the family guitar. And that’s how I got, you know, started learning how. Now, I used to play a lot; I’d take my guitar to school when I was goin’ to school, and we used to have talent shows and little parties and things, and I would play when I was going to school. Yep, and our sisters we had a group. The first time we started singing spirituals, we was named the Blue Moon Gospel Singers. Well, and then after that we quit for a while and sooner or later started back, and it was the Bussey Sisters. Mm-hmm.