Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960

In 1959 and 1960, Alan Lomax revisited the American South after 10 years abroad to record the still-living stream of traditional music in newly developed stereo sound. The collection features some of the region’s most representative musicians and styles: Delta blues guitarists, fife-and-drum ensembles, Sacred Harp singers, Ozark and Appalachian ballad singers, and prison work gangs. Performers include Sidney Carter, Vera Ward Hall, Sid and Rose Hemphill, Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers, Wade Ward, Willie Jones, J. E. Mainer, Neal Morris, E. C. Ball, Almeda Riddle, Hobart Smith, Ed Young, and Mississippi Fred McDowell (his first recordings). English folksinger Shirley Collins assisted Alan Lomax on the 1959 trip, and his daughter, Anna, accompanied him on the 1960 trip. The endeavor resulted in two influential LP series on Atlantic (1960) and Prestige Records (1962).

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Session Region,Country Date
Alabama in transit 9/59 Alabama, United States 9/12/1959
Greers Ferry 10/59 Arkansas, United States 10/2-10/7, 1959
Landis 10/59 Arkansas, United States 10/6-10/8, 1959
Memphis I 9/59 Tennessee, United States 9/30/1959
Mississippi in transit 9/59 Mississippi, United States 9/4-9/30, 1959
Norfolk 5/60 Virginia, United States 5/3/1960
Senatobia II 9/59 Mississippi, United States 09/26/1959
St. Simons Island II 4/60 Georgia, United States 4/4-4/28, 1960
Unidentified Arkansas 10/59 Arkansas, United States 10/1/1959
Unidentified Mississippi 9/59 Mississippi, United States 09/1959
Unidentified Southern United States United States (unspecified), United States 8/24/1959
Weems or Whitestone 5/60 Virginia, United States 4/6/1960
Whitesburg II 9/59 Kentucky, United States 9/8-9/11, 1959
Bluefield I 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/24/1959
Bluefield II 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/25/1959
Salem 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/26/1959
Hillsville I 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/28/1959
Hillsville II 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/29/1959
Galax 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/31/1959
Rugby 8/59 Virginia, United States 8/30/1959
Chilhowie 9/59 Virginia, United States 9/3/1959
Williamson 9/59 West Virginia, United States 9/3/1959
Huntsville 9/59 Alabama, United States 9/4/1959
Blackey 9/59 Kentucky, United States 9/5/1959
Mayking 9/59 Kentucky, United States 9/6/1959
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