Edwin "Buster" Pickens

Vocals, Piano

Date of Birth:  June 3, 1916    Hempstead, TX

Date of Death:  November 24, 1964    Houston, TX

Place of Burial:  Oakwood Cemetery

                         25th Street

                         Hempstead, TX  77445

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  30° 6' 10" N / 96° 5' 45" W


Edwin "Buster" Pickens - 1959 to 1961 Sessions, Document Records (DOCD-5698) 

Buster Pickens, Flyright Records (FLY LP 536)

As Accompanist


Alger “Texas” Alexander, Bottoms Blues / Crossroads, Freedom (1538)

Alger "Texas" Alexander, Complete Recordings In Chronological Order, Volume 3: 1930-1950, Document Records (MBCD-2003)


Perry Cain, All The Way From Texas / Cry, Cry, Gold Star (632)

Perry Cain, My Heart Belongs To You / Big Timing Grandma, Freedom (1200)


J.D. Edwards, Hobo / Crying


Bill Hayes, I Want To Cry / Highway 75, Sittin’ In With (551)

Bill Hayes, I’m Sorry I Was Reckless (With Your Heart) / South Texas Blues, Sittin’ In With (560)

Bill Hayes, My Baby Loves Me So / I’ve Done Everything For You, Jade (204)

Lightnin' Hopkins, Walkin' This Road By Myself, Bluesville (1057)

Lightnin' Hopkins, Lightnin' and co., Bluesville (BV 1061)

Lightnin' Hopkins, Smokes Like Lightnin', Bluesville (1070)

Lightnin' Hopkins, The Complete Prestige/Bluesville Recordings, Prestige/Bluesville (4406)


Barkley, Ron et al. The Handbook of Texas Music. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2003.

Barlow, William. Looking Up At Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989.

Cohn, Lawrence. Nothing But the Blues. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993.

Cushing, Steve. Blues Before Sunrise: The Radio Interviews. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Govenar, Alan. Meeting the Blues – The Rise of the Texas Sound. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995.

______. Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

______. Lightnin’ Hopkins – His Life and Blues. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2010.

Groom, Bob. The Blues Revival. London: Studio Vista Limited, 1971.

Harris, Jeff. "Buster Pickens," chicagosouthsidepiano.com, March 15, 2014. http://www.chicagosouthsidepiano.com/buster-pickens/.

     Accessed February 22, 2018.

Harris, Sheldon. Blues Who’s Who. New York: Da Capo Press, 1979.

Herzhaft, Gérard. Encyclopedia of the Blues (Second Edition). Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1997.

Larkin, Colin. The Virgin Encyclopedia Of The Blues. London: Virgin Books, 1998.

Leadbitter, Michael (Ed.). Nothin’ But the Blues. London: Hanover Books Ltd., 1971.

Oliphant, Dave. Texan Jazz. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.

Oliver, Paul. Blues Off the Record. New York: Da Capo Press, 1984.

______. The Story of The Blues. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

______. Broadcasting the Blues. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Rowe, Mike. “Piano Blues and Boogie Woogie.” The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, Inc., 1990, pp. 83-


Santelli, Robert. The Big Book Of Blues. New York: Penguin Books, 2001 (revised).

 Silvester, Peter J. The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Wood, Roger and James Fraher. Down in Houston. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

Marker photo by author; photo of Pickens

from Paul Oliver's The Story of The Blues

© 2019 Texas Blues Project

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