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
Salem 8/59 Virginia, United States
Unidentified Southern United States United States (unspecified), United States
Hillsville 8/59 Virginia, United States
Bluefield 8/59 Virginia, United States
Rugby 8/59 Virginia, United States
Galax 8/59 Virginia, United States
Nashville 9/59 Tennessee, United States
Chilhowie 9/59 Virginia, United States
Laurel Bloomery 9/59 Tennessee, United States
Saltville 9/59 Virginia, United States
Williamson 9/59 West Virginia, United States
Blackey 9/59 Kentucky, United States
Lexington 9/59 Alabama, United States
Whitesburg 9/59 Kentucky, United States
Parchman 9/59 Mississippi, United States
Unidentified Mississippi 9/59 Mississippi, United States
Como I 9/59 Mississippi, United States
Unidentified Como 9/59 Mississippi, United States
Senatobia 9/59 Mississippi, United States
Como II 9/59 Mississippi, United States
Hughes 10/59 Arkansas, United States
Unidentified Arkansas 10/59 Arkansas, United States
Greers Ferry 10/59 Arkansas, United States
Memphis 10/59 Tennessee, United States
Timbo 10/59 Arkansas, United States
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