Singer and Musician Alvin Youngblood Hart His album, Down in the Alley has been nominated for a Grammy as Best Traditional Blues Recording. He's been playing accoustic blues for nearly 20 years. Though he was raised in California, his roots musically and otherwise are in rural Mississippi. He was influenced by Charlie Patton, Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell and others. Later he was also influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Taj Mahal.