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.

 

 
Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires (harmonica) perform "See See Rider." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires (harmonica) perform "Mama Don't Allow." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
 
Jack Owens, vocal and guitar, and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires, harmonica, perform "Cherry Ball Blues." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
Jack Owens, vocal and guitar, and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires, harmonica, perform "I Been Moanin'." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
The Heavenly Gospel Singers perform "I Stepped In the Water One Day" at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 11, 1978.
 
The Heavenly Gospel Singers perform "I Stepped In the Water One Day" at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 11, 1978.

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