Pitchford (October 8, 1955 – November 8, 1998) was an American
blues musician and instrument maker from Lexington, Mississippi. He was
notable in that he was one of only a handful of young African American
musicians from Mississippi who had learned and was continuing the Delta
blues and country blues traditions of the older generations.
In addition to the acoustic and electric guitar, Pitchford was also skilled
at the one-string guitar and diddley bow, a one-string instrument of African
origin, as well as the double bass, piano and harmonica. He was a protégé of
Robert Lockwood, Jr., from whom
he learned the style of Robert Johnson.
His own debut album, All Round Man was released on Rooster Blues Records in
In November 1998, Pitchford died at his home in Lexington, from AIDS. A
diddley bow is featured on his headstone which was paid for by John Fogerty
and Rooster Blues Records through the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund. His grave is
located near the grave of Elmore James, in
the New Port Baptist Church cemetery in Holmes County, Mississippi.