CD Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip * (CD 144525),
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Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip *

  • 1. So Glad I'm Here
    2. Johanna
    3. Yonder Come Day
    4. Kindlin' Wood
    5. Shoo Turkey
    6. Turn My Body Round
    7. Riley
    8. Titanic
    9. Amazing Grace
    10. You Better Mind
    11. Oh Death
    12. Daniel in the Lion's Den
    13. May Be the Last Time, I Don't Know
    14. Way Go, Lily
    15. Walk Daniel
    16. Draw Me a Bucket of Water
    17. Steal up, My Young Lady
    18. Juba
    19. Nana Thread Needle
    20. Shoo Lie Loo
    21. Old Bill Rolling Pin
    22. Down in the Valley
    23. Soup, Soup
    24. Josephine
    25. Way Down Yonder in the Brickyard
    26. Bob-A-Needle
    27. Peep Squirrel
    28. Old Lady from Brewster
    29. Hambone
    30. Oh Green Fields, Roxie
    31. Little Johnny Brown
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611587

  • Credits

    Full title: Put Your Hand On Your Hip & Let Your Backbone Slip: Songs & Games From The Georgia Sea Islands.
    Engineers: Bruce Kaplan, Mark Wilson, Bill Nowlin.
    Originally released on Rounder (2015)/(8004). Includes liner notes by Mary Jo Sanna Barron & Bil Nowlin.
    Digitally remastered by Laurie Flannery (Northeastern Digital, Southborough,
    Personnel: Bessie Jones (vocals, tambourine); Doug Quimby, Charlie Vaughan, Michelle Johnson (vocals); Bill Nowlin, Bruce Kaplan, Mark Wilson (recorder).
    Recording information: Brunswick, GA (1973-1975); Church Of God In Christ, St. Simons Island, GA (1973-1975); Kodaly Musical Training Institute, Watertown, MA (1973-1975).
    Introduction by: Bill Nowlin.
    Photographers: Henry Horenstein; Bill Nowlin.
    Bessie Jones (1902-1984) was one of America's foremost singers of folk, gospel, and children's songs. A stunning musical talent who possessed an exceptional memory and driving desire to share her musical wealth with younger generations, Jones grew up on the Georgia Sea Islands. As a girl on the islands, Jones learned many songs from her grandfather, Jet Samson. Samson's vast repertoire of tunes drew upon his own early childhood in Africa, his years as a slave in America, and his subsequent life of freedom on the islands. On this Rounder release, Jones carries her grandfather's legacy forward by singing 31 songs, and even telling a couple of stories. Jones was one of the first artists to record with Rounder in the early '70s, and Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip includes the two albums she recorded with the company at the time: So Glad I'm Here and Step It Down. The songs from So Glad I'm Here are mostly religious and folk-oriented. The Step It Down tracks are, by contrast, full of games and children's songs, such as "Old Line Brewster," a game that dates back to slavery. Though the CD compilation features Jones' sweet and powerful singing, the Georgian diva also plays a mean tambourine. Her performance is complemented by handclapping, a chorus of children, and Douglas Quimby's baritone voice. The result is an incessant group of tracks that will draw you in, perhaps even persuading you to Put Your Hand on Your Hip and Let Your Backbone Slip. ~ John Vallier

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