:: Title :: Commentary by Vera Hall on prayer meetings, finding religion, and Rich Amerson
:: Genre :: commentary, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Hall, Vera Ward [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Lomax, Elizabeth [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Alabama
:: Session :: Vera Hall I 1948
:: Date :: 05/1948
:: Reference Information :: T813.0, Track 5 (00:22:27)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - In these interviews and songs, recorded by Alan Lomax at his home in New York City, Vera Hall talks about her life and sings samples of songs. Lomax is joined by his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, and an unidentified couple, who can be heard throughout the session.
2 - This session of recordings represents the only time that Vera Ward Hall left the state of Alabama. She was invited to New York by Alan Lomax to perform in the Fourth Annual Festival of Contemporary American Music at Columbia University in the City of New York, May 10th through May 16th, 1948, sponsored by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Vera performed on Saturday, May 15th, 8:30pm, at the McMillin Theater. The concert was entitled Ballads, Hoe-Downs, Spirituals (White and Negro), and Blues, with performances by Texas Gladden, Hobart Smith, Jean Ritchie, Brownie Mcghee, Vera Hall, Dan Burley, Pete Seeger, and narrations by Alan Lomax. These recordings were made not at the concert, but during the remainder of Vera Hall?s stay in New York with Alan Lomax.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Every year, Hall would go to a religious prayer meeting that lasted two weeks with sessions that might go on late into the night. The pastor would baptize anyone who came in and say they had religion, as instructed by the Gospel. Hall is sometimes skeptical when people say they are saved. You can tell people are faking when they laugh or point when someone makes a mistake in church, she explains. Even preachers sometimes fake religion. She recalls a preacher who beat and abused his wife. Rich Amerson sometimes faked religion as a joke. He believed in God, but didn't go to church unless there was a big footwash. He wouldn't dress or clean up for it.
:: Collection :: Vera Hall 1948

 

 

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