Deep River of Song: Mississippi - The Blues Lineage

Deep River of Song: Mississippi - The Blues Lineage

by Alan Lomax
     
 

The blues individualists on this record -- Muddy Waters, Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, and more -- create a world with just voice and guitar. In the opening guitar licks and plaintive story of William Brown's "Ragged and Dirty" and Muddy Waters's "I Be Bound to Write to You,"See more details below

Overview

The blues individualists on this record -- Muddy Waters, Son House, Honeyboy Edwards, and more -- create a world with just voice and guitar. In the opening guitar licks and plaintive story of William Brown's "Ragged and Dirty" and Muddy Waters's "I Be Bound to Write to You," you can almost hear the rhythms of ancient African tribal stories. In Son House's "County Farm Blues," the structure is transmuted to tell a chilling tale of 1930s Mississippi, where these tracks were recorded by John and Alan Lomax. These personalities and emotions influenced the seminal blues maker Robert Johnson, as well as later carriers of the blues flame including Chris Smither, John Hammond, and Rory Block. No mere historical record, these tracks are a vivid, vibrant, and often eerie testament to the power of song.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Sixteen country-blues cuts, recorded between 1936 and 1942 by folklorists Alan and John A. Lomax for the Library of Congress at plantations, penitentiaries, tourist camps, and elsewhere (actually the two songs by William Brown were done near Mississippi, in Arkansas). Deep River of Song: Mississippi - The Blues Lineage is a more pleasurable compilation than most folk field recordings of the era are (whether by the Lomaxes or others), due to the tight and focused performances. A couple of the names will be familiar to any blues fan (and to some non-blues fans). Muddy Waters, then playing acoustic Delta blues as McKinley Morganfield, contributes "I Be Bound to Write to You" and "You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone"; Son House, about to disappear from the public eye for a couple of decades, does four songs, including his famous "Walking Blues" (which is six minutes here, with accompaniment from other musicians on mandolin, guitar, and harmonica). Most of the tracks are entertaining and academically important, as well as illustrative of some differences in Mississippi blues styles. Some of these are blues that are more upbeat than the Delta stereotype, as in David "Honeyboy" Edwards' "Wind Howlin' Blues" and Lucious Curtis (who never recorded before or after his 1940 recordings on this disc), whose sharp guitar picking has some ragtime and boogie flavor.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/1999
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661182523
catalogNumber:
1825

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Lomax   Primary Artist
William Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Brown   Guitar
Sam Carter   Vocals,Track Performer
David Honeyboy Edwards   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Ford   Guitar,Track Performer
John A. Lomax   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Fiddlin' Joe Martin   Mandolin,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
McKinley Morganfield   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Evans   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lucious Curtis   Guitar,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Leroy Williams   Harmonica,Track Performer
Jack Rogers   Vocals

Technical Credits

Louis Jordan   Composer
Alan Lomax   Engineer
Dallas Bartley   Composer
David Honeyboy Edwards   Composer
Son House   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Johnny Parth   Composer
Steve Rosenthal   Mastering Producer
Phil Klum   Mastering
David Evans   Liner Notes
Lewis Jones   Engineer
Ruby T. Lomax   Engineer
Leo Hickman   Composer
John Work   Engineer

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