Mississippi Delta & Hill Country (1978)

Bluesmen; fife-and-drum ensembles; former muleskinners and railroad tie-tampers; and tall-tale reciters. Performers include Skip James collaborator Jack Owens, former Mississippi Sheik Sam Chatmon, diddley-bow player Lonnie Pitchford, fife legend Otha Turner, and R. L. Burnside in his first film appearance.

 

 
Sam Chatmon performs "Sittin' On Top of the World," vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
 
Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs "T.B. Blues." Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs "That's All Right." Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs "The Last Time." Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
Sam Chatmon performs the minstrel song "The Preacher and the Bear" at home in Hollandale, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, August 1978.

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