In the 1920's, the prime of life, the Reverend Gary Davis was one of the two most renowned East Coast ragtime guitar players. Davis was partially blind at birth, and lost what little sight he had before he was an adult. Davis began playing at age six, and by the time he was twenty he was one of the most accomplished guitar players in blues. After spending the next 35 years in relative obscurity playing on the streets of Harlem, he again emerged as one of the giants of Blues, playing live to audiences of thousands. Davis was a major influence and teacher to Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Donovan, Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder and others.