Deep River of Song: Black Texicans - Balladeers and Songsters of the Texas Frontier

Alan Lomax Collection

Deep River of Song Black Texicans Balladeers and S
  • CAT # 11661-1821-2

    1. St. James Hospital 1:13
    2. The Old Chisholm Trail 1:06
    3. Ranging Buffalo (The Buffalo Skinners) 1:02
    4. Western Cowboy 3:30
    5. Western Cowboy 2:09
    6. St. James Hospital 2:15
    7. Jack of Diamonds 2:06
    8. He Rambled 1:12
    9. My Pretty Little Yellow Gal (My Yellow Gal) 3:13
    10. Pick a Bale of Cotton 1:56
    11. That's All Right, Baby 4:23
    12. Old Aunt Dinah 1:22
    13. Square Dance Calls (Little Liza Jane) 2:13
    14. East Texas Rag 2:06
    15. When I Was a Little Boy 2:36
    16. Rabbit in the Garden 2:53
    17. Old Aunt Dinah 2:20
    18. Let's Go A-Huntin' (Come On Boys and Let's Go to Huntin') 1:55
    19. Walk-A-Dolly Walk 1:00
    20. Fox Chase 1:47
    21. Old Joe Clark
    22. Long Summer Day 1:54
    23. Log Rolling 1:50
    24. Buzzard Song (Old King Buzzard) 1:41
    25. Boll Weevil 2:36
    26. Been on the Cholly So Long 1:02
    27. The Dallas Railway 1:29
    28. Traveling Man 3:07
    29. The Train 2:00

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Deep River of Song: African-American field recordings made for the Library of Congress from 1933 to 1946, a transformative period when black singers of the South and the Caribbean created a new musical language and thousands of brilliant songs that would captivate people throughout the world. Black Texicans: Historic 1930s field recordings document African-American life on the Texas frontier -- black cowboy songs, work, minstrel, and play party songs, 'eephing,' and virtuoso harmonica playing. These performances by Lead Belly, Henry Truvillion, Moses 'Clear Rock' Platt, and many others call up the open, the prairie, and the immutable desert, as well as the days of minstrel and medicine shows. Twenty-two of the album's 29 songs are previously unissued.

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