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.

 

 
The Heavenly Gospel Singers perform "Jesus Traveled On This Road Before" at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 11, 1978
 
Sam Chatmon briefly discusses the lingering effects of Jim Crow on African-Americans: "A lot of us have the fear yet." Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 1978, at Chatmon's home in Hollandale, Mississippi.
 
 
A reenactment of a Parchman Farm work-song, sung with hoe accompaniment by Walter Brown, Joe Savage, and friends, in Greenville, Mississippi. Brown and Savage were both former Parchman inmates (and we assume their companions were too). Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, in August 1978.
 
A reenactment of a Parchman Farm work-song, sung with hoe accompaniment by Walter Brown, Joe Savage, and friends, in Greenville, Mississippi. Brown and Savage were both former Parchman inmates (and we assume their companions were too). Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, in August 1978.
 
Othar Turner introduces friends and party-goers at a picnic on his farm. (It's believed the guitar in the background is played by R.L. Boyce.) Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
Othar Turner introduces friends and party-goers at a picnic on his farm, and discusses fife-blowing. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, August 1978.

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