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Field Recordings, Vol. 2: North & South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-19

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This second volume in Document's archival series of field recordings brings together tracks collected from the late '20s through the early '40s in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Most of the selections here are drawn from recordings made at an annual folk festival held throughout the 1940s at Fort Valley State College in central Georgia, including an impressive two-part epic from Buster "Buzz" Ezell called "Roosevelt and Hitler," which seems like a period piece now but was obviously current and topical when it was recorded. Other tracks here come from sessions done at prisons. Reese Crenshaw's sparkling guitar version of "John Henry" was tracked at the State Prison Farm in Milledgeville, GA, in 1934, while Jesse Wadley's jaunty cautionary tale, "Alabama Prison Blues," was collected at the Bellwood Prison Camp in Atlanta, GA, that same year by John Lomax. Also historically interesting are a pair of street vendor cries from the mid-'30s ("Blackberries/Flowers"), although the sound quality is pretty poor, a problem somewhat endemic to the technology of the day.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:35
2
1:50
3
2:19
4
1:18
5
1:25
6
2:15
7
2:01
8
0:44
9
1:38
10
2:22
11
1:46
12
1:22
13 2:34
14
0:55
15 2:23
16 4:21
17
1:55
18
2:01
19
2:59
20
2:52
21
3:38
22
1:51
23
1:41
24
0:40
25
4:21
26
2:52
27
2:51
28
1:19
29
1:03
30 2:40
31
1:47
32
3:27
33
7:03
34 1:07
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