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, vocal and guitar, performs "Trouble In Mind." Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
The Sensational Friendly Brothers of Tallulah, Louisiana, perform "Heaven Is My Goal" at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 11, 1978.
 
 
Sonny Boy Nelson (Eugene Powell), vocal and guitar, shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long in Greenville, Mississippi, August 31, 1978.
 
Sonny Boy Nelson (Eugene Powell), vocal and guitar, shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long in Greenville, Mississippi, August 31, 1978.
 
"I Thank You Jesus," sung by the St. James Missionary Baptist Church Congregation; led by Dorothy James and Kay Flemings. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, Canton, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
A performance by an unidentified gospel group at an unspecified A.M.E. church in Arkabutla, Mississippi. (Please bear with us for the first 45 seconds or so. It's worth it.) Any information about this ensemble and/or church will be appreciated. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 27, 1978.

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