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.

 

 
Boyd Rivers (vocal and guitar) performs "You Got to Take Sick and Die (One of These Days)" at his home in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 30, 1978.
 
Clyde Maxwell plays a blues while Beatrice Maxwell and their neighbor Mrs. McCullough dance. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.
 
 
Clyde Maxwell chops wood and sings a holler at his farm in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, September 3, 1978.
 
Clyde Maxwell chops wood and sings a holler at his farm in Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, September 3, 1978.
 
Clyde Maxwell (vocal and guitar) performs "Casey Jones," with discussion following with Clyde and Belton Sutherland. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm, near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.
 
Clyde Maxwell (vocal and guitar) performs "Corrina" as his family and Belton Sutherland listen. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm, near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.

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