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  • 1. Wade Ward and Charlie Higgins – Did You Ever See The Devil, Uncle Joe?
  • 2. James Shorter, Viola James and the Independence Congregation – Jesus On the Mainline
  • 3. Mattie Gardner, Ida Mae Towns and Jessie Lee Pratcher – Green Sally Up
  • 4. Fred McDowell – Woke Up This Morning
  • 5. Ollie Gilbert – Joseph Looney
  • 6. United Sacred Harp Convention – Calvary (300)
  • 7. James Lindsey And The Mountain Ramblers – the old country church
  • 8. Willis Proctor And The Georgia Sea Island Singers – One Of These Days
  • 9. Norman Edmonds and The Old Timers – Sally Anne
  • 10. Texas Gladden – Three Little Babes
  • 11. Hobart Smith – Banging Breakdown
  • 12. John Dudley – Clarkesdale Mill Blues
  • 13. Miles and Bob Pratcher – All Night Long
  • 14. Neal Morris – The Juice Of The Forbidden Fruit
  • 15. Henry Morrison – Lazarus
  • 16. Ed Lewis and prisoners – I'll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down
  • 17. Sindey Carter – Leather Britches

In 1959 and 1960, at the height of the Folk Revival, Alan Lomax undertook the first-ever stereo field recording trip through the American South to document its still thriving vernacular musical culture. He traveled through Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina, making over 70 hours of recordings. The trip came to be known as Lomax's "Southern Journey," and its recordings were first issued for the Atlantic and Prestige labels in the early '60s. Those, however, as well as subsequent releases on New World and Rounder Records, are now all out of print. To remedy this, and to celebrate the Southern Journey's 50th anniversary, Mississippi Records and the Alan Lomax Collection have collaborated on five commemorative LPs, spanning the breadth of Lomax's '59-60 Southern recordings, drawing on new transfers of the original 1/4" tapes, and featuring a considerable amount of previously unreleased material.

The five LP volumes feature singing siblings Hobart Smith and Texas Gladden from Saltville, Virginia; menhaden fishermen's chorus the Bright Light Quartet; the Young Brothers' Mississippi Hill Country fife and drum band; Blue Ridge instrumentalists Wade Ward and Charlie Higgins; Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers; work songs and hollers from Parchman Farm; congregational hymns from African American and white Appalachian meeting-houses; Alabama's singing washerwoman Vera Ward Hall; the 1959 United Sacred Harp Convention; and the debut recordings of bluesman Fred McDowell, among much else.

Each volume is being sold separately with its own distinctive packaging. All come with a 12 page booklet featuring many never before published photos. Old school tip on sleeves & beautiful sound. Not to be missed!

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