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.

 

 
Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires, vocal and harmonica, performs "Easy Ridin' Buggy" in Alan Lomax's van. Shot by Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long in Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
"Come Out the Wildnerness," performed by Boyd Rivers and his wife Ruth May. Preceded by introduction of themselves and their music. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 30, 1978, at the Rivers' home in Canton, Mississippi.
 
 
Boyd Rivers (vocal and guitar) and his wife Ruth May Rivers perform "Fire In My Bones" at their home in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 30, 1978.
 
"Heard the Angels Singing," performed by Boyd Rivers and his wife Ruth May. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 30, 1978, at the Rivers' home in Canton, Mississippi.
 
"I Done Died One Time (Ain't Gonna Die No More)," performed by Boyd Rivers and his wife Ruth May. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 30, 1978, at the Rivers' home in Canton, Mississippi.
 
"Wrapped Up, Tied Up, Tangled Up," performed by Boyd Rivers and his wife Ruth May. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 30, 1978, at the Rivers' home in Canton, Mississippi.

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