Various Artists – Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978-1983 (Vinyl 2-LP Set)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2021

Label:  Mississippi Records


Track List

Side A

1. R.L. Burnside – See My Jumper
2. Janette and Joe Carter – Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?
3. Sheila Kay Adams – Suite:Little Margaret/banjo instrumental/Dinah
4. Joe Savage – Peace in the Valley
5. Holly Springs Sacred Harp Singers – David’s Lamentation (#268)

Side B

1. Clyde Maxwell – You Got To Cross That River Jordan
2. Vaughn Eller – Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Gal
3. Dennis McGee – Two Step De Eunice
4. Dink Roberts – Fox Chase
5. Laethe Eller – Way Up in the Bright New World
6. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers – Somebody Touched Me
7. Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers – Give Me Just a Little More Time

Side C

1. Lois Short – Little Birdie
2. Dellie Chandler Norton – Early, Early in the Spring
3. Tommy Jarrell – Old Reuben
4. Canray Fontenot – Bonsoir Moreau
5. Ray Hicks – Reuben
6. Belton Sutherland – Blues #2
7. Nimrod Workman – Mother Jones’ Will

Side D

1. Napoleon Strickland & the Como Drum Corp – My Babe
2. Lawrence Black Ardoin & Band – Why You Wanna Make Me Cry
3. Moving Star Hall Singers – I’m Going to Trust in the Lord
4. Napoleon Strickland – Jesus Stop By Here
5. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers – Fire Shed in My Bones



2xLP set of performances documented by Alan Lomax during his final American field recording project, newly remastered and all previously unreleased on vinyl! This set brings together 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 many more form a rich tapestry of distinctly American musical traditions.

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.

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