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Music Down Home: An Introduction to Negro Folk Music, U.S.A.

Various Artists
Music Down Home: An Introduction to Negro Folk Music, U.S.A.

This 1965 recording traces the evolution of African American folk music from the South.The oral tradition of folk music in the African American community has demonstrated a perseverence through the eras of slavery and segregation while embracing and influencing American popular music through songs, lyrics and performance.

33 songs, 1.4 hours, with liner notes by producer Charles Edward Smith detailing the historical underpinnings of African American folk music and background notes on songs including lyrics.

Track Listing

101
Take This Hammer Lead Belly 1:38
102
Field Call Annie Grace Horn Dodson 1:18
103
Children's Call Annie Grace Horn Dodson 0:47
104
Complaint Call Enoch Brown 0:44
105
Water on the Wheel Annie Dodson 0:47
106
Railroad, 1 Rich Amerson 1:26
107
Move Members Move Rosie Hibler and Family 1:57
108
Go Pray Ye Annie Dodson 2:32
109
The Day Is Past Dorothy Melton 1:56
110
Prayer Song Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward 2:37
111
King David Rich Amerson and Earthy Anne Coleman 4:30
201
Rockin' Jerusalem Fisk Jubilee Singers 2:13
202
Just Got Over at Last Little Brother Montgomery 2:23
203
Mama's Goin' to Buy Him a Little Lap Dog Vera Hall Ward 0:48
204
Brother Hawk, Brother Buzzard and Brother Rabbit Rich Amerson 1:59
205
I'm Goin' Up North Satisfied Children of East York School 1:25
206
Railroad, 2 Rich Amerson 1:53
207
Lost John Sonny Terry 3:08
208
Lost John Prison Farm Work Group 4:55
301
I'm Goin' to Pack Up My Things and Back Down That Sunny Road I'm Goin' Mozelle Moore 3:13
302
Careless Love Brownie McGhee 3:18
303
Let Me Go Home, Whiskey Snooks Eaglin 2:54
304
You're My Man - Slick Chick Blues Victoria Spivey 4:36
305
I Wonder When I'll Get to Be Called a Man Big Bill Broonzy 2:20
306
Mule Ridin', Talking Blues Big Bill Broonzy 3:43
307
Black Woman Rich Amerson 4:55
401
Old John Booker - You Call That Gone Gus Cannon 1:45
402
John Henry Furry Lewis 4:48
403
Take Your Fingers Off It Gus Cannon, Charlie Burse, and Will Shade 2:53
404
44 Blues Willie Thomas and Butch Cage 4:11
405
Sonny's Jump Sonny Terry's Washboard Band 3:08
406
Birmingham Jail Lead Belly 2:30
407
I'm So Glad Montgomery Gospel Trio 2:34

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