:: Title :: Boats Up The River (fragment)
:: Genre :: prison song, work song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified prisoners [axe, vocal]
:: Setting :: Parchman Farm, Camp 11
:: Location :: Parchman (Sunflower County), Mississippi (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Mississippi
:: Session :: Parchman 9/59 (Camp 11)
:: Date :: 9/16/1959
:: Reference Information :: T884.0, Track 2 (00:00:52)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Work songs and hollers recorded at Camp 11 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - This fragment appears on the tape in the midst of a session Lomax recorded at Parchman's Camp 7. No mention is made of this, and Alan credits the song to Camp 7 workers. However, at the beginning, Alan announces "Camp 11, Parchman, Mississippi, September the 16th" and calls out a name that sounds like "Floyd," possibly referring to Floyd Batts, a Camp 11 worker with whom Lomax recorded several solo performances. There doesn't seem to be much vocal resemblance, however, between the two performances, so this song has been credited simply to an "unidentified group." [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960

 

 

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