Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip

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All Music Guide - John Vallier
Bessie Jones 1902-1984 was one of America's foremost singers of folk, gospel, and children's songs. A stunning musical talent who possessed an exceptional memory and driving desire to share her musical wealth with younger generations, Jones grew up on the Georgia Sea Islands. As a girl on the islands, Jones learned many songs from her grandfather, Jet Samson. Samson's vast repertoire of tunes drew upon his own early childhood in Africa, his years as a slave in America, and his subsequent life of freedom on the islands. On this Rounder release, Jones carries her grandfather's legacy forward by singing 31 songs, and even telling a couple of stories. Jones was one of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Vallier
Bessie Jones 1902-1984 was one of America's foremost singers of folk, gospel, and children's songs. A stunning musical talent who possessed an exceptional memory and driving desire to share her musical wealth with younger generations, Jones grew up on the Georgia Sea Islands. As a girl on the islands, Jones learned many songs from her grandfather, Jet Samson. Samson's vast repertoire of tunes drew upon his own early childhood in Africa, his years as a slave in America, and his subsequent life of freedom on the islands. On this Rounder release, Jones carries her grandfather's legacy forward by singing 31 songs, and even telling a couple of stories. Jones was one of the first artists to record with Rounder in the early '70s, and Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip includes the two albums she recorded with the company at the time: So Glad I'm Here and Step It Down. The songs from So Glad I'm Here are mostly religious and folk-oriented. The Step It Down tracks are, by contrast, full of games and children's songs, such as "Old Line Brewster," a game that dates back to slavery. Though the CD compilation features Jones' sweet and powerful singing, the Georgian diva also plays a mean tambourine. Her performance is complemented by handclapping, a chorus of children, and Douglas Quimby's baritone voice. The result is an incessant group of tracks that will draw you in, perhaps even persuading you to Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661158726
  • Catalog Number: 611587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Glad I'm Here (1:46)
  2. 2 Johanna (1:39)
  3. 3 Yonder Come Day (2:29)
  4. 4 Kindlin' Wood (7:47)
  5. 5 Shoo Turkey (1:45)
  6. 6 Turn My Body Round (1:30)
  7. 7 Riley (1:30)
  8. 8 Titanic (3:31)
  9. 9 Amazing Grace (3:18)
  10. 10 You Better Mind (2:50)
  11. 11 Oh Death (3:38)
  12. 12 Daniel in the Lion's Den (2:56)
  13. 13 May Be the Last Time, I Don't Know (2:09)
  14. 14 Way Go, Lily (2:53)
  15. 15 Walk Daniel (1:27)
  16. 16 Draw Me a Bucket of Water (2:39)
  17. 17 Steal up, My Young Lady (2:24)
  18. 18 Juba (1:11)
  19. 19 Nana Thread Needle (2:32)
  20. 20 Shoo Lie Loo (1:56)
  21. 21 Old Bill Rolling Pin (4:23)
  22. 22 Down in the Valley (2:23)
  23. 23 Soup, Soup (2:33)
  24. 24 Josephine (1:52)
  25. 25 Way Down Yonder in the Brickyard (1:52)
  26. 26 Bob-A-Needle (0:40)
  27. 27 Peep Squirrel (2:32)
  28. 28 Old Lady from Brewster (2:34)
  29. 29 Hambone (2:06)
  30. 30 Oh Green Fields, Roxie (1:50)
  31. 31 Little Johnny Brown (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bessie Jones Primary Artist, Tambourine, Vocals
Don Gibson Children's Chorus
Michelle Johnson Vocals, Children's Chorus
Bruce Kaplan Recorder
Bill Nowlin Recorder
Charlie Vaughan Vocals, Children's Chorus
Mark Wilson Recorder
Doug Quimby Vocals
Judy Lewis Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Bernice Johnson Reagon Composer
Scott Billington Art Direction
John Newton Composer
Bill Nowlin Introduction
Nancy Given Art Direction
Laurie Flannery Mastering
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Christian Clayton Cover Art
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