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. (This footage is part of the 1978 Mississippi collection but in order to maintain the conversation's original running order, it's also presented separately here.)

 

 
Belton Sutherland (vocal and guitar) performs an unidentified - and presumably improvised - blues with Clyde Maxwell on fiddle on Clyde's porch. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.
 
Belton Sutherland sings a brief holler at Clyde Maxwell's farm near Canton, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, September 3, 1978.
 
 
Belton Sutherland (vocal and guitar) performs an improvised blues on Clyde Maxwell's porch. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.
 
Belton Sutherland (vocal and guitar) performs an improvised blues on Clyde Maxwell's porch. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.
 
Belton Sutherland (vocal and guitar) on Clyde Maxwell's porch. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm near Canton, Mississippi, September 3, 1978.
 
A shack-rouster song that would have awakened levee-camp laborers. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long on the levee in Greenville, Mississippi, August 22, 1978.

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