English convicts, militant Scottish Highlanders, German religious refugees, and slaves brought directly from Africa carved out in Georgia a harsh and often impoverished agricultural life. Nevertheless, the state produced some of the stellar figures in Black music and American literary history. These pioneering recordings made in the 1930s and 1940s feature Blind Willie McTell, Buster Brown, and great but lesser-known artists such as Reese Crenshaw, Camp Morris, the Smith Band, Sidney Stripling, and Sophie Wing. The performances cover styles including blues, ballads, folk, ragtime, 19th century dance tunes, spirituals, and work songs. Compiled by Alan Lomax and Peter B. Lowry. Remastered to 20-bit digital from the original metal and acetate field recordings.