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. 5: Walter Brown explains how to communicate with the camp mules, and sings a fragment of a muleskinner holler. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 6: Discussion of "mercy man" Charley Loran as Jesse James and recollections of personal experiences with Loran. With Walter Brown 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. 7: Discussion of whipping mules, the role of the foreman, and working conditions. With Walter Brown, William S. Hart, 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. 8: Discussion of working conditions, levee camp bosses, and working for a "drag." With Walter Brown, William S. Hart, Bill Gordon. Joe Savage sings a holler about payday. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
Levee camp conversation, pt. 9: Discussion of the "privileged penitentiary," why men worked in the levee camps, "table walkers," and self-defense. With Walter Brown, William S. Hart, Bill Gordon, and Joe Savage. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.
 
The Heavenly Gospel Singers perform "Let Jesus Fix It" 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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