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Field Recordings Vol. 3: Mississippi (1936-1942)

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Calling Trains
Artist: Old Train Caller From New Orleans
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Lead Me To The Rock
Artist: Wash Dennis
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Rosie (Big Leg Rosie)
Artist: Jeff Webb
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Mississippi Sounding Calls (A-1)
Artist: Joe Shores
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Mississippi Sounding Calls (B-1)
Artist: Joe Shores
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Arwhoolie (Cornfiled Holler)
Artist: Thomas J. Marshall
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Oh The Sun's Goin' Down And I Won't Be Here Long (Quittin' Time Song) / (Another
Artist: Samuel Brooks
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Mealtime Call
Artist: Samuel Brooks
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Heaving The Lead Line (Calls And Song To Pilot)
Artist: Sam Hazel
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Little Girl, Little Girl
Artist: Ora Dell Graham
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(Jes'A) Pullin' The Skiff
Artist: Ora Dell Graham
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Shortenin' Bread
Artist: Ora Dell Graham
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The Keghouse Blues
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Interview: How Long (2 Parts)
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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The Worried Life Blues
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones with Minnie Lee Whitehead
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Interview: Fo' Day Blues
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Unidentified Ragtime Tune
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Walking Billy
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Unidentified Ragtime Tune / Interview
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
3:19
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Interview (1,2,3)
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Corrina
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Careless Love
Artist: Thomas (Jaybird) Jones
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Angel Child
Artist: Unidentified Female Singer
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The Carrier Railroad (The Carrier Line)
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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The Arkansas Traveller
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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The Devil's Dream
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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Leather Britches
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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Rice Straw
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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After The Ball Is Over
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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Soon In The Mornin'
Artist: Sid Hemphill
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 30   Total Length: 72:32

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This third volume in Document’s field recordings series may well be the most varied and arcane, collecting a series of sounding calls, hollers, rope-skipping rhymes, and work songs drawn largely from Alan Lomax’s trips to Coahoma, MS, for the Library of Congress in 1941 and 1942. The rhythmic bounce of the calls and hollers is fascinating, but the sound quality is rather poor on most of these cuts due to the limits of the era’s recording technology, making most of this disc of interest only to scholars, collectors, and historians. The middle of the program includes several blues and rag pieces by pianist Thomas “Jaybird” Jones, who recorded at one time with a bluesman named Keghouse for Vocalion and Okeh in 1928. Jones is playing a horribly out of tune piano for Lomax, but it hardly matters since the sequence really works as a sort of demonstrative interview, with Jones interjecting commentary as he goes, raising the whole performance to the level of a intimate history lesson, albeit with a poorly tuned piano and enough crackles, pops, snaps, and surface hiss to make you think you’re in a hailstorm. The disc concludes with seven wild and wonderful tracks recorded by blind fiddler Sid Hemphill and his loose-limbed, archaic-sounding string band (which was a cross between a standard string band and a fife and drum marching band) in Dundee, MS, on August 15, 1942. – Steve Leggett

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