Southern Journey, Vol. 5: Bad Man Ballads

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Seventeen "songs of outlaws and desperadoes," recorded by Lomax with a wide variety of Southern performers, Black and White. The themes of murder, violence, and running from the law have been perennial themes in the folk music of all cultures. This collection has versions of a few fairly well-known songs in this vein "John Henry," "Pretty Polly," "Po' Lazarus", though most are more obscure. The artists range from Black Mississippi prisoners and a cappella mountain singers to string bands and harmonizing quartets. As is often the way in this sub-branch of folk music, the music isn't nearly as upsetting or depressing as the lyrics; indeed, it's often uplifting, if not ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Seventeen "songs of outlaws and desperadoes," recorded by Lomax with a wide variety of Southern performers, Black and White. The themes of murder, violence, and running from the law have been perennial themes in the folk music of all cultures. This collection has versions of a few fairly well-known songs in this vein "John Henry," "Pretty Polly," "Po' Lazarus", though most are more obscure. The artists range from Black Mississippi prisoners and a cappella mountain singers to string bands and harmonizing quartets. As is often the way in this sub-branch of folk music, the music isn't nearly as upsetting or depressing as the lyrics; indeed, it's often uplifting, if not downright celebratory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661170520
  • Catalog Number: 1705

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jesse James (1:00)
  2. 2 Po' Lazarus (3:05)
  3. 3 Railroad Bill (2:43)
  4. 4 John Henry (4:32)
  5. 5 Willie Brennan (6:25)
  6. 6 Hangman Tree (5:29)
  7. 7 Columbus Stockade - J.E. Mainer (2:28)
  8. 8 Early in the Mornin' - Johnny Lee Moore (2:57)
  9. 9 Pretty Polly (2:32)
  10. 10 Lazarus - Henry Morrison (1:41)
  11. 11 Claude Allen (3:31)
  12. 12 Cole Younger - Oscar Gilbert (1:33)
  13. 13 The Lawson Murder - Everett Blevins (3:26)
  14. 14 Tom Devil - Ed Lewis (5:20)
  15. 15 Hawkins County Jail (2:40)
  16. 16 Dangerous Blues - Floyd Batts (1:07)
  17. 17 Po' Lazarus - James Carter And The Prisoners (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Prisoners Vocals
J.E. Mainer Fiddle
Almeda Riddle Vocals, Track Performer
Bright Light Quartet Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Spencer Moore Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Neil Morris Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Henry Morrison Vocals, Track Performer
Estil C. Ball Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ed Lewis Vocals, Track Performer
Hobart Smith Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Floyd Overcash Bass
Glenn Mainer Banjo
Johnny Lee Moore Vocals
Henry Mason Vocals
Everett Blevins Mandolin
James Carter Vocals
Technical Credits
Etta Baker Composer
E.C. and Orna Ball Composer
Shirley Collins Producer, Engineer
Judy Collins Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Alan Lomax Producer, Engineer
Dallas Bartley Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Phil Klum Mastering
Andrew L. Kaye Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Leo Hickman Composer
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