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.

 

 
"Sittin' On Top of the World," performed by Napolian Strickland, vocal and harmonica. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Strickland's home in Como, Mississippi, August 29, 1978.
 
"Rock Me All Night Long," performed by Napolian Strickland, vocal and harmonica. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Strickland's home in Como, Mississippi, August 29, 1978.
 
 
"Black Mattie" (also known as "Coal Black Mattie" or "Poor Black Mattie") performed by Napolian Strickland, vocal and harmonica, with introduction about learning to blow the harp. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Strickland's home in Como, Mississippi, August 29, 1978.
 
"Baby Please Don't Go," performed by Napolian Strickland, vocal and harmonica, with an introduction about Fred McDowell. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Strickland's home in Como, Mississippi, August 29, 1978.
 
"Louise," performed by Napolian Strickland, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Strickland's home in Como, Mississippi, August 29, 1978.
 
"Woke Up This Morning," performed by Napolian Strickland, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Strickland's home in Como, Mississippi, August 29, 1978.

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