Black Texicans - Balladeers And Songsters Of The Texas Frontier

(
Rounder Records
1999
)

Black Texicans: Historic 1930s field recordings document African-American life on the Texas frontier — black cowboy songs, work, minstrel, and play party songs, ‘eephing,’ and virtuoso harmonica playing. These performances by Lead Belly, Henry Truvillion, Moses ‘Clear Rock’ Platt, and many others call up the open, the prairie, and the immutable desert, as well as the days of minstrel and medicine shows. Twenty-two of the album’s 29 songs are previously unissued.