gary clark jr. - catfish blues
(original by Robert Petway)

very little is known about Robert Petway. his birthplace is speculated to have been at or near J.F. Sligh Farm near Yazoo City, Mississippi, birthplace of his close friend and fellow bluesman Tommy McClennan. his birth date is guessed at 1908, and the date and even the occurrence of his death is unknown.

there is only one known picture of Petway, a publicity photo from 1941. he only recorded 16 songs, but he is said to have been an influence on many notable blues and rock musicians, including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix.

when David Honeyboy Edwards, a follower of Petway, was asked if Petway wrote the song, he replied,

he just made that song up and used to play it at them old country dances. he just made it up and kept it in his head.