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I'll Meet You On That Other Shore: Alan Lomax's "Southern Journey​,​" 1959–1960

by Various Artists

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In 1959 and 1960, at the height of the Folk Revival, Alan Lomax ventured again through the American South to document its still thriving vernacular musical culture. He and his assistant, the English folksinger Shirley Collins, traveled through Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina, making over 70 hours of field recordings, the first ever to be made on stereo tape. The trip came to be known as the "Southern Journey," and its recordings were originally issued for the Atlantic and Prestige labels in the early '60s.

"I'll Meet You On That Other Shore" presents recordings of John Davis and the Georgia Sea Island Singers; Tidewater Virginia's Union Choir of the Church of God and Saints of Christ; Old Regular Baptist lining hymns from Eastern Kentucky; Ozark balladeer Neal Morris; work songs from Parchman Farm (the Mississippi State Penitentiary); octogenarian Charles Barnett on vocal and washtub; fiddler Carlos "Bookmiller" Shannon's rendition of "The Eighth of January"; Hobart Smith's performance of "Railroad Bill"—a formative influence on the 1960s Folk Revival; and one of the debut recordings of bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell. Compiled and annotated by Nathan Salsburg, the albums feature remastered audio from transfers of the original tapes, and include considerable previously unreleased material and extensive booklets of photos and notes.

Download the liner notes here: culturalequity.org/ce_images/features/globaljukebox/MeetYouBookletPSPDF.pdf

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released October 19, 2010

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Alan Lomax Archive

Alan Lomax (1915–2002) was a documentarian, ethnologist, cultural activist, and arguably the foremost folklorist of the 20th century. Over his seven-decade career he collected thousands of audio recordings of folk and traditional music from around the US and the world, and dedicated himself to the pursuit of what he called "cultural equity." 100% of proceeds go to the Assoc. for Cultural Equity. ... more

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