The Land Where the Blues Began

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All Music Guide
This CD (the audio accompaniment to an episode of Alan Lomax's American Patchwork series on American roots music) examines the roots of Mississippi Delta blues. Recorded between 1933 and 1959 by Alan Lomax, Lewis Jones, John W. Work, John A. Lomax, and Herbert Halpert, the CD reveals much about the sources for Delta blues musicians' styles and the environment in which they lived (and live). This goes all the way back to fife-and-drum bands and the one-string diddley bow to illustrate the style's deep roots, through the use of contemporary electric instruments. Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters make contributions, as well as other musicians whose names will be unfamiliar to all but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This CD (the audio accompaniment to an episode of Alan Lomax's American Patchwork series on American roots music) examines the roots of Mississippi Delta blues. Recorded between 1933 and 1959 by Alan Lomax, Lewis Jones, John W. Work, John A. Lomax, and Herbert Halpert, the CD reveals much about the sources for Delta blues musicians' styles and the environment in which they lived (and live). This goes all the way back to fife-and-drum bands and the one-string diddley bow to illustrate the style's deep roots, through the use of contemporary electric instruments. Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters make contributions, as well as other musicians whose names will be unfamiliar to all but the most diligent blues scholars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 682161186122
  • Catalog Number: 1861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Four O'Clock Flower Blues - William Brown (3:53)
  2. 2 Interview - Willie Blackwell (0:27)
  3. 3 Walking Blues - Leroy Williams (6:43)
  4. 4 When I Lay My Burden Down - Turner Junior Johnson (3:30)
  5. 5 Strange Things Happening in the Land - Charles Haffer Jr. (3:46)
  6. 6 Missionary Sermon - J.H. Terrell (2:10)
  7. 7 Rock, Daniel - Reverend C. H. Savage (2:33)
  8. 8 Satisfied - Florence Stamp (1:07)
  9. 9 I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord - Congregation of the Church of God in Christ (3:19)
  10. 10 Sermon: Hell Is a Place - Reverend Ribbins (4:24)
  11. 11 The Preacher and the Bear - M.C. Orr (1:30)
  12. 12 Mississippi Sounding Calls - Joe Shores (1:05)
  13. 13 Roustabout Song - John Cameron (1:01)
  14. 14 The Toast to Bud Doggett (0:57)
  15. 15 I Been Down in the Circle Before (3:50)
  16. 16 Rosie - Dobie Red (2:45)
  17. 17 Early in the Morning - Little Red (4:43)
  18. 18 I'm Goin' Home - D.W. "Bama" Stuart (2:06)
  19. 19 Go Down, Old Hannah - Ernest Williams (2:40)
  20. 20 John Henry - Will Head (3:13)
  21. 21 Emmaline, Take Your Time - Alex Askew (1:40)
  22. 22 Jim and John - G.D. Young (2:13)
  23. 23 Shake 'Em on Down - Mississippi Fred McDowell (2:40)
  24. 24 Wind Howling Blues - David Honeyboy Edwards (3:15)
  25. 25 Country Blues - Muddy Waters (3:25)
  26. 26 Black, Brown and White (2:20)
  27. 27 Life Is Like That - Sonny Boy Williamson [II] (2:57)
  28. 28 She Lived Her Life Too Fast (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Lomax Primary Artist
Big Bill Broonzy Guitar, Vocals
Memphis Slim Piano, Vocals
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals
Sampson Pittman Guitar, Vocals
Adrienne Anderson Vocals
Fannie Davis Comb
David Honeyboy Edwards Guitar, Vocals
Fiddlin' Joe Martin Mandolin, Spoken Word
Muddy Waters Guitar, Vocals
Miles Pratcher Guitar
Willie Stark Vocals
Calvin Frazier Guitar
Joe Bennie Pugh Harmonica, Vocals
Sid Hemphill Fiddle, Vocals
Ed Young Fife
Willie Blackwell Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word
Alex Askew Guitar, Quills, Pan Pipes
Lonnie Young Bass Drums
William C. Brown Guitar
Thomas E. Martin Drums
Tangle Eye Vocals
Lucius Smith Banjo
Will Head Bass Drums
G.D. Young Snare Drums
Sonny Rodgers Guitar
Leroy Williams Harmonica
Turner Junior Johnson Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Hard Hair Vocals
22 Track Performer
William Brown Track Performer
Congregation of the Church of God in Christ Track Performer
Charles Haffer Jr. Vocals
Dobie Red Vocals
Reverend C. H. Savage Vocals
Joe Shores Vocals
Little Red Vocals
Technical Credits
Memphis Slim Composer
Shirley Collins Engineer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Alan Lomax Composer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Author
Sampson Pittman Composer
David Honeyboy Edwards Composer
Carrie Hamilton Cover Illustration
Son House Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
John A. Lomax Engineer
Muddy Waters Composer
Johnny Parth Composer
Steve Rosenthal Mastering Producer
Phil Klum Mastering
Joe Bennie Pugh Composer
Ed Young Composer
Lonnie Young Composer
J Sylvester Art Direction
Lewis Jones Engineer
Traditional Composer
Herbert Halpert Engineer
Dobie Red Sound Effects
John Work III Engineer
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