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Buell Kazee (August 29, 1900 - August 31, 1976) was an American country and folk singer. He is considered the most successful folk musicians of the 1920s and experienced a career comeback during the American folk music revival of the 1960s due in part to his inclusion on the Anthology of American Folk Music.
Kazee was born at the foot of Burton Fork, Kentucky, a mountain in Magoffin County. By the age of five, Kazee found publicity playing banjo at church. After he graduated high school, he studied English, Greek and Latin at Georgetown College. At that time he began the importance of traditional ballads, which he learned from his parents, too. After moving to the music and singing had changed, he wrote the pieces and fit them just a little taste of the contemporary. When he 1925 the college left with the conclusion that he was a little concert, on the banjo, and he played piano and sang. Due to the success of this appearance, he repeated it several times.
1927 he received from the Brunswick Records an inquiry whether his recordings in their studio was interested. After he traveled to New York and was there made it, he signed with the label. His first publication was Roll On John on the side and John Hardy on the B-side. Over the next two years, he, supported by several New York musicians, 51 boards, including hits like Gray Lady, The Sporting Bachelors or The Little Orphan Child. His greatest success, however, On Top Of Old Smoky, which is sold over 15,000 times. His books were often dominated by religious subjects, but also everyday problems that were treated. After the already married Kazee beginning of the 1930s to the Vocalion label change was made soon after its success, the World Economic crisis intensified. He moved more and more from the music business and worked the next 22 years as a pastor in Morehead, Kentucky.
Kazee appeared only rarely on and devoted himself entirely to his profession that he actually wanted to exercise as a teenager. In the 1960s, folk music was popular, and stars such as Bob Dylan brought forth, Kazee used the opportunity and started a comeback. In addition to tours and joint appearances with other former folk stars like Dock Boggs and Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson at the Newport Folk Festival, he again drives. His greatest success this time was The White Pilgrim. Even as a writer, he is successful, he published a total of three books.
Buell Kazee died on 31 August 1976 at the age of 76 years.