Southern Journey, Vol. 12 - Georgia Sea Islands: Biblical Songs and Spirituals

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Rounder Records
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John Davis, Bessie Jones, and the legendary Georgia Sea Island Singers (including some performers whom Alan Lomax first recorded in 1935 with Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle) perform spirituals, work songs, and ring dances in the constantly overlapping, part-crossing polyrhythmic African style of their forefathers, whose way of life as independent fishermen and farmers on the offshore islands of the Georgia coast continued long into the present.

“When you finish this album, you will feel like you've been there — both to St. Simons Island and to heaven.” —Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange