Today in 1931, Robert Hicks, otherwise known as Barbecue Bob, died in his home state of Georgia.
His nickname was actually given to him because he was a real cook at a barbecue joint. In the mid-to-late 20's he was discovered by Columbia Records and he recorded many songs for them.
His career was short-lived however, as he died at the early age of 30, but his musical legacy goes on; his unique country and Piedmont (a guitar playing style originating from the Virginia - Georgia regions) blues.
The song below, called "I'm on my Way Down Home" was one of the origins of Robert Johnson's "Come on in to my Kitchen".
Can't get more old school than this.