Southern Journey, Vol. 3: 61 Highway Mississippi

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Twenty-four tracks from Alan Lomax's 1959 blues recordings in Mississippi, five previously unreleased. Fred McDowell who has five songs is the "star," you might say, of these sessions; he would go on to establish a successful performing and recording career, and is the only name recognizable to most listeners. This is an effective document, however, of the different strands of country blues and their roots. It includes not just rural Delta guitar blues, but also field hollers, spirituals, prison songs, fife-and-drum tunes, and Sid Hemphill's quills. Lomax would later note that when he revisited the area 20 years later, most of these forms had all but disappeared from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Twenty-four tracks from Alan Lomax's 1959 blues recordings in Mississippi, five previously unreleased. Fred McDowell who has five songs is the "star," you might say, of these sessions; he would go on to establish a successful performing and recording career, and is the only name recognizable to most listeners. This is an effective document, however, of the different strands of country blues and their roots. It includes not just rural Delta guitar blues, but also field hollers, spirituals, prison songs, fife-and-drum tunes, and Sid Hemphill's quills. Lomax would later note that when he revisited the area 20 years later, most of these forms had all but disappeared from view. This disc is a good reminder of how blues developed from several African-American Southern folk traditions whose influence has sometimes been underestimated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661170322
  • Catalog Number: 1703

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Louisiana - Henry Ratcliff (1:43)
  2. 2 Jim and John - Lonnie Young Jr. (2:12)
  3. 3 61 Highway Blues - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:08)
  4. 4 Stewball - Ed Lewis (3:25)
  5. 5 Po' Boy Blues - John Dudley (3:19)
  6. 6 God's Unchanging Hand - Anderson Burton (1:44)
  7. 7 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning - Mississippi Fred McDowell (2:45)
  8. 8 Emmaline, Take Your Time - Lucius Smith (1:43)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Live Anyhow 'till I Die - Bob Pratcher (2:35)
  10. 10 Little Sally Walker - Ida Mae Towns (0:52)
  11. 11 Old Devil's Dream - Lucius Smith (1:49)
  12. 12 Rolled and Tumbled - Rose Hemphill (2:56)
  13. 13 Mama Lucy - Leroy Gary (1:36)
  14. 14 Soon One Mornin' (Death Come A-Creepin' in My Room) - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:18)
  15. 15 I'm Goin' Home - Ervin Webb & Prisoners (3:22)
  16. 16 Interview - Ervin Webb (0:53)
  17. 17 Fred Mcdowell's Blues - Miles Pratcher (4:12)
  18. 18 Tryin' to Make Heaven My Home - Viola James (2:19)
  19. 19 Berta, Berta - Leroy Miller (4:43)
  20. 20 Germany Blues - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:11)
  21. 21 Clarksdale Mill Blues - John Dudley (2:21)
  22. 22 If It's All Night Long - Bob Pratcher (3:02)
  23. 23 Lord Have Mercy - Mississippi Fred McDowell (1:53)
  24. 24 Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby - Sidney Carter (1:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Fannie Davis Comb
Miles Pratcher Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sid Hemphill Vocals, Track Performer, Quills
Mattie Garder Vocals, Hand Clapping
Bob Pratcher Fiddle, Track Performer
Jesse Lee Pratcher Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer
Ida Mae Towns Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer
Ed Young Drums, Fife, Track Performer
Ervin Webb Track Performer
Ervin Webb & Prisoners Track Performer
Lonnie Young Drums, Track Performer
Lonnie Young Jr. Drums, Track Performer
Rose Hemphill Guitar, Vocals
Leroy Gary Track Performer
John Dudley Guitar, Vocals
Lucius Smith Drums
Technical Credits
Mary Travers Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Alan Lomax Producer, Engineer
John Fahey Composer
Will Batts Composer
John Herald Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Ralph Rinzler Composer
Steve Rosenthal Mastering, Mastering Producer
Noel Paul Stookey Composer
Bob Yellin Composer
Phil Klum Mastering
Matthew Barton Liner Notes
Ed Young Composer
Anna L. Chairetakis Producer
Lonnie Young Composer
Traditional Composer
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