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.

 

 
"I Thank You Jesus," sung by the St. James Missionary Baptist Church Congregation; led by Kay Flemings. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, Canton, Mississippi, August 1978.
 
Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires (harmonica) perform "Catfish Blues." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
 
Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) performs "Give Me Your Money, Baby." (1 of 2) Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) performs "Give Me Your Money, Baby." (2 of 2) Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
Jack Owens (vocal and guitar) and Benjamin "Blind Bud" Spires (harmonica) performs "All Night Long." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.
 
Jack Owens, vocal and guitar, performs "When the Saints Go Marching In." Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop at Jack Owens' farm near Bentonia, Mississippi, August 12, 1978.

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