Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music

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All Music Guide - John Vallier
This is African-American roots music, through and through. The first of six volumes, Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music brings together pumping harmonica solos, field calls, ring game songs, and a rendition of "Brer Rabbit and the Alligators." The 14 secular-based field recordings heard here were collected by Harold Courlander in western Alabama during the first few months of 1950. Listening is like stepping back in time. The liner notes include lyrics, background on each track, and an explanation of the connection between the African Earth bow, the Haitian Mosquito drum, and the African-American washtub bass. An invaluable collection, Negro Folk Music of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Vallier
This is African-American roots music, through and through. The first of six volumes, Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music brings together pumping harmonica solos, field calls, ring game songs, and a rendition of "Brer Rabbit and the Alligators." The 14 secular-based field recordings heard here were collected by Harold Courlander in western Alabama during the first few months of 1950. Listening is like stepping back in time. The liner notes include lyrics, background on each track, and an explanation of the connection between the African Earth bow, the Haitian Mosquito drum, and the African-American washtub bass. An invaluable collection, Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music reminds listeners that the music they love -- jazz, rock, pop, blues -- owes so much to African-American folk music from the deep south.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2012
  • Label: Folkways Records
  • UPC: 093070441729
  • Catalog Number: 4417
  • Sales rank: 131,543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mama Don't Tear My Clothes
  2. 2 Southern Pacific
  3. 3 Black Woman
  4. 4 Kansas City Blues
  5. 5 Salty Dog Blues
  6. 6 I'm Going up North
  7. 7 Little Sally Walker
  8. 8 See See Rider
  9. 9 Mama's Goin' to Buy Him a Little Lap Dog
  10. 10 Soon as My Back's Turned
  11. 11 She Done Got Ugly
  12. 12 Now Your Man Done Gone
  13. 13 Plantation Hollers
  14. 14 Brer Rabbit and the Alligators
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Brown Track Performer
Rich Manuel "Rich" Amerson Track Performer
Vera Hall-Ward Track Performer
Willie Turner Track Performer
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