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.

 

 
R.L. Burnside performs "Burnside's Blues" at home in Independence, Mississippi, shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop in August, 1978.
 
89-year-old Lucius Smith performs "Walking In the Parlor." Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978.
 
 
89-year-old Lucius Smith performs "Matchbox Blues" and banters with Jessie Mae Hemphill. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978.
 
89-year-old Lucius Smith performs "You Can't Read, You Can't Write" in the company of Jessie Mae Hemphill. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978.
 
89-year-old Lucius Smith performs "Beaver Dam" in the company of Jessie Mae Hemphill. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978.
 
Lucius Smith and Jessie Mae Hemphill discuss drums, drumming, and Sid Hemphill, who was Jessie Mae's grandfather and Lucius' long-time musical partner. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978.

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