V/AAlan Lomax's American Patchwork

Genre: Blues
Label: Mississippi
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Artikelnummer: 017747 Veröffentlichung: Tue, 27 Apr 2021


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.


01. R.L. Burnside - See My Jumper
02. Janette and Joe Carter - Will You Miss Me
03. Sheila Kay Adams - Little Margaret
04. Sheila Kay Adams - Banjo Instrumental
05. Sheila Kay Adams - Dinah
06. Joe Savage - Peace In The Valley
07. Holly Springs Sacred Harp Singers - David's Lamentation (#248)
08. Clyde Maxwell with Beatrice Maxwell, Lilian Simpson, and Fannie McCullough - You Got To Cross That River Jordan
09. Vaughn Eller - Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Gal
10. Dennis McGee - Two Step De Eunice
11. Dink Roberts - Fox Chase
12. Laethe Eller - Way Up In The Bright New World
13. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Somebody Touched Me
14. Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers - Give Me Just A Little More Time
15. Lois Short - Little Birdie
16. Dellie Chandler Norton - Early, Early In the Spring
17. Tommy Jarrell - Old Reuben
18. Canray Fontenot - Bonsoir Moreau
19. Ray Hicks - Reuben
20. Belton Sutherland - Blues #2
21. Nimrod Workman - Mother Jones’ Will
22. Napoleon Strickland & the Como Drum Corp - My Babe
23. Lawrence Black Ardoin & Band - Why You Wanna Make Me Cry
24. Moving Star Hall Singers - I’m Going To Trust In the Lord
25. Napoleon Strickland - Jesus Stop By Here
26. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Fire Shed In My Bones