Alan Lomax

Deep River of Song: Virginia and the Piedmont

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Deep River of Song: Virgina and the Piedmont collects Alan Lomax field recordings of descendents of Virginia slaves and songs from the racially diverse Piedmont region, where free African-Americans and whites often played music together. Tracks such as Jimmie Strothers' "I Used to Work on a Tractor," James Wilson's "Walk Down, Devils," Robert Higgins' "Prison Blues," and Willie Williams' "Boll Weevil" trace the development of African-American music, including work songs, spirituals, minstrel tunes, and acoustic blues from the antebellum era to the 20th century. The album also features digital remastering and thorough liner notes, reflecting the care put into the entire series of Lomax recordings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:05
2
1:00
3
0:53
4
1:24
5
1:25
6
2:16
7
1:43
8
feat: Lemuel Jones
1:27
9 2:20
10
feat: Joe Lee
0:53
11
1:16
12
2:22
13
feat: Joe Lee
1:18
14
2:04
15
3:35
16
2:38
17
2:21
18
feat: James Wilson
2:22
19
1:28
20
4:01
21 2:31
22
0:58
23
1:56
24
2:48
25
3:21
26
1:52
27
feat: Sonny Terry
2:31
28
5:56
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