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.

 

 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 10: Arthur (last name unknown) recalls experiences muleskinning on the levee and singing a fragment of a holler. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 10: Joe Savage and Walter Brown recall their experiences as migrant farm workers in Eloy and Table Top, Arizona. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 11: Joe Savage, Walter Brown, and Arthur (last name unknown) recall experiences at Parchman Farm (the Mississippi State Pen) and the levee camps. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 2: discussion of mules and the "mercy man." With Walter Brown, Bill Gordon, and William S. Hart. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 3: discussion of bosses, equipment, living conditions, and corporal punishment. With Walter Brown and Bill Gordon. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 4: discussion of robberies, paydays, and camp wives. With Bill Gordon and William S. Hart. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.

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