Deep River of Song: Virginia and the Piedmont

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Deep River of Song: Virgina and the Piedmont collects Alan Lomax field recordings of descendents of Virginia slaves and songs from the racially diverse Piedmont region, where free African-Americans and whites often played music together. Tracks such as Jimmie Strothers' "I Used to Work on a Tractor," James Wilson's "Walk Down, Devils," Robert Higgins' "Prison Blues," and Willie Williams' "Boll Weevil" trace the development of African-American music, including work songs, spirituals, minstrel tunes, and acoustic blues from the antebellum era to the 20th century. The album also features digital remastering and thorough liner notes, reflecting the care put into the entire ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Deep River of Song: Virgina and the Piedmont collects Alan Lomax field recordings of descendents of Virginia slaves and songs from the racially diverse Piedmont region, where free African-Americans and whites often played music together. Tracks such as Jimmie Strothers' "I Used to Work on a Tractor," James Wilson's "Walk Down, Devils," Robert Higgins' "Prison Blues," and Willie Williams' "Boll Weevil" trace the development of African-American music, including work songs, spirituals, minstrel tunes, and acoustic blues from the antebellum era to the 20th century. The album also features digital remastering and thorough liner notes, reflecting the care put into the entire series of Lomax recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661182721
  • Catalog Number: 1827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Dan Tucker (1:05)
  2. 2 Corn-Shucking Time (1:00)
  3. 3 Jaybird (0:53)
  4. 4 Georgia Land (1:24)
  5. 5 I Used to Work on the Tractor (1:25)
  6. 6 Wild Ox Moan (2:16)
  7. 7 Boll Weevil - Willie Williams (1:43)
  8. 8 Po' Farmer (1:27)
  9. 9 Fox Chase (2:20)
  10. 10 I'll Go On - Joe Lee (0:53)
  11. 11 I Feel the Spirit Moving (1:16)
  12. 12 We're Almost Down to the Shore (2:22)
  13. 13 This Land of Georgia - Joe Lee (1:18)
  14. 14 Can't Hide (2:04)
  15. 15 Noah and the Flood (3:35)
  16. 16 Run Sinner Run (2:38)
  17. 17 Take This Hammer (2:21)
  18. 18 Walk Down, Devils - James Wilson (2:22)
  19. 19 Railroad Wreck - Willie Williams (1:28)
  20. 20 Bitin' Spider - Willie Williams (4:01)
  21. 21 John Henry (2:31)
  22. 22 Tin Can Alley (0:58)
  23. 23 Pick 'Em Up (1:56)
  24. 24 Prison Blues (2:48)
  25. 25 Every Mail Day (3:21)
  26. 26 When I Lie Down Last Night - Blind Joe Taggart (1:52)
  27. 27 Worried Blues (2:31)
  28. 28 Going to Richmond (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Lomax Primary Artist
Josh White Guitar
Golden Gate Quartet Track Performer
James Wilson Vocals
R. Brown Vocals
Brownie McGhee Vocals
Robert Higgins Track Performer
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Blind Joe Taggart Guitar, Vocals
Willie Johnson Leader, Baritone
Henry Owens Tenor (Vocal)
Clyde Riddick Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Lee Track Performer
Ed Lewis Vocals
Jimmie Strothers Track Performer
Lemuel Jones Track Performer
Technical Credits
Alan Lomax Producer, Compilation Research
Pete Lowry Compilation Research
Steve Rosenthal Mastering Producer
Phil Klum Mastering
Kip Lornell Liner Notes
Harold Spivacke Producer
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