V/A – Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork 2xLP
A stunning 2xLP collection of music documented during Alan Lomax’s final American field recording sessions from 1978 to 1983. A completely overlooked and underrepresented period in American folk and blues history, this album includes performances by RL Burnside, Napoleon Strickland, Boyd Rivers, Tommy Jarrell, and many more never before released on vinyl.
160gram double LP in deluxe gatefold jacket with extensive notes by Nathan Salsburg of the Lomax Archive. Cover art by Joe Light. Read on for more…
From 1978 to 1983, Alan Lomax and a video-crew travelled through the American South and Southwest, documenting its traditional music — miners, moonshiners, and Primitive Baptists in Kentucky; flat-footers, string bands, and Piedmont blues in North Carolina; Cajun cowboys, fiddlers, and zydeco stompers in French-speaking Louisiana; and fife-and-drum ensembles, gospel quartets, former railroad track-liners, levee-camp muleskinners, and players on the pre-war blues circuit in Mississippi.
This footage ultimately totaled some 350 hours and was edited into Lomax’s ”American Patchwork” series, which aired on American public television in 1991. But given the strictures of the form, hundreds of discrete performances and compelling scenes were left unseen and unheard.
This set brings together some of the standout recordings Lomax made in his attempt to document the last vestiges of the “local surround” in Mississippi, Appalachia, and Louisiana. Intimate performances by R.L. Burnside, Tommy Jarrell, Boyd Rivers, Napoleon Strickland and more, newly remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk and never before released on vinyl.
A1 R.L. Burnside – See My Jumper Hanging On The Line
A2 Janette and Joe Carter – Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?
A3 Sheila Kay Adams – Suite: Little Margaret / Banjo Instrumental / Dinah
A4 Joe Savage – Peace In The Valley
A5 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Singers – David’s Lamentation
B1 Clyde Maxwell And Group – You Got To Cross That River Jordan
B2 Vaughn Eller – Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Gal
B3 Dennis McGee – Two Step De Eunice
B4 Dink Roberts – Fox Chase
B5 Laethe Eller – Way Up In The New Bright World
B6 Boyd & Ruth May Rivers – Somebody Touched Me
B7 Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers – Give Me Just A Little More Time
C1 Lois Short – Little Birdie
C2 Dellie Chandler Norton – Early, Early In The Spring
C3 Tommy Jarrel – Reuben
C4 Canray Fontenot – Bonsoir Moreau
C5 Ray Hicks – Reuben
C6 Belton Sutherland – Blues #2
C7 Nimrod Workman – Mother Jones’ Will
D1 Napoleon Strickland & the Como Drum Corps – My Babe
D2 Lawrence ”Black” Ardoin & Band – Why You Wanna Make Me Cry
D3 Moving Star Hall Singers – I’m Going To Trust In The Lord
D4 Napoleon Strickland – Jesus Stop By Here
D5 Boyd & Ruth May Rivers – Fire Shed In My Bones
Julkaisija: Mississippi Records
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