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Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP
Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP
Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP
Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP
Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP
Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP
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Various Artists - American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978 - 1983 [2xLP] - New LP

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A stunning 2xLP collection of music documented during Alan Lomax’s final American field recording sessions from 1978 to 1983. A completely overlooked and underrepresented period in American folk and blues history, this album includes legendary performances by RL Burnside, Napoleon Strickland, Boyd Rivers, Tommy Jarrell, and many more, remastered and released on vinyl for the first time!


From 1978 to 1983, Alan Lomax and a video-crew travelled through the American South and Southwest, documenting its traditional music — miners, moonshiners, and Primitive Baptists in Kentucky; flat-footers, string bands, and Piedmont blues in North Carolina; Cajun cowboys, fiddlers, and zydeco stompers in French-speaking Louisiana; and fife-and-drum ensembles, gospel quartets, former railroad track-liners, levee-camp muleskinners, and players on the pre-war blues circuit in Mississippi.


This footage ultimately totaled some 350 hours and was edited into Lomax's "American Patchwork" series, which aired on American public television in 1991. But given the strictures of the form, hundreds of discrete performances and compelling scenes were left unseen and unheard.


This set brings together some of the standout recordings Lomax made in his attempt to document the last vestiges of the “local surround” in Mississippi, Appalachia, and Louisiana. Intimate performances by R.L. Burnside, Tommy Jarrell, Boyd Rivers, Napoleon Strickland and more, newly remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk and never before released on vinyl.


Album includes extensive liner notes by Nathan Salsburg of the Alan Lomax Archive.
 

credits

released April 12, 2021

Compiled by Nathan Salsburg and Cyrus Moussavi
Track notes by Nathan Salsburg
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Front cover painting: Joe Light, Too Pretty, 1988
© 2020 Estate of Joe Light / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Graphic design by Gordon Ashworth
Cover production by Dan Fried
1. RL Burnside - See My Jumper 04:02
2. Janette and Joe Carter - Will You Miss Me 02:43
3. Sheila Kay Adams - Little Margaret 02:13
4. Sheila Kay Adams - Banjo Instrumental 01:45
5. Sheila Kay Adams - Dinah 02:11
6. Joe Savage - Peace In The Valley 01:33
7. Holly Springs Sacred Harp Singers - David's Lamentation (#248) 02:07
8. Clyde Maxwell with Beatrice Maxwell, Lilian Simpson, and Fannie McCullough - You Got To Cross That River Jordan 03:07
9. Vaughn Eller - Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Gal 01:39
10. Dennis McGee - Two Step De Eunice 00:58
11. Dink Roberts - Fox Chase 02:42
12. Laethe Eller - Way Up In The New Bright World 03:07
13. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Soon One Morning 02:44
14. Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers - Give Me Just A Little More Time 02:27
15. Lois Short - Little Birdie 02:21
16. Dellie Chandler Norton - Early, Early In the Spring 01:43
17. Tommy Jarrell - Old Reuben 01:58
18. Canray Fontenot - Bonsoir Moreau 02:15
19. Ray Hicks - Reuben 03:01
20. Belton Sutherland - Blues #2 04:36
21. Nimrod Workman - Mother Jones’ Will 01:11
22. Napoleon Strickland & the Como Drum Corp - My Babe 02:28
23. Lawrence Black Ardoin & Band - Why You Wanna Make Me Cry 03:16
24. Moving Star Hall Singers - I’m Going To Trust In the Lord 03:02
25. Napoleon Strickland - Jesus Stop By Here 01:11
26. Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Fire Shed In My Bones 03:39 
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