The Land Where the Blues Began ()


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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 ...

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  1. Four O'Clock Flower Blues
  2. Interview
  3. Walking Blues
  4. When I Lay My Burden Down
  5. Strange Things Happening in the Land
  6. Missionary Sermon
  7. Rock, Daniel
  8. Satisfied
  9. I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord
  10. Sermon: Hell Is a Place
  11. The Preacher and the Bear
  12. Mississippi Sounding Calls
  13. Roustabout Song
  14. The Toast to Bud Doggett
  15. I Been Down in the Circle Before
  16. Rosie
  17. Early in the Morning
  18. I'm Goin' Home
  19. Go Down, Old Hannah
  20. John Henry
  21. Emmaline, Take Your Time
  22. Jim and John
  23. Shake 'Em on Down
  24. Wind Howling Blues
  25. Country Blues
  26. Black, Brown and White
  27. Life Is Like That
  28. She Lived Her Life Too Fast
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