August 2, 2011

Once-Homeless Musician Dred Scott Suddenly Strikes a Chord and Finds an Audience

Denver busker Dred Scott is still trying to make sense of the fact that he has gone from street musician to Internet sensation in a matter of months.

David Adebonojo, who performs under the name of the slave who unsuccessfully sued to free himself and his family, is something of an institution in downtown Denver. Over the past five years, his bluesy acoustic covers of popular songs, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Prince’s “Purple Rain,” have drawn a following among passers-by intrigued by the talent of a homeless musician.

But in the past four weeks, his audience has become international. YouTube clips of his performance have collected more than 500,000 clicks since early July.

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(Photos by Evan Semon, Special to The Denver Post )


Also check out Reverb’s recent profile of Scott.

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    I SEE THIS GUY EVERY DAY.
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    I loved catching him downtown and listening to him play…
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    Awesome!! I see this guy whenever I am downtown! I passed by him wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt and asked to play a song...
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