CD Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train and Testify! (CD 937046),
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Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train and Testify!

  • 1. Hallelujah (Lamb on the Altar) - Washington Brown & Group
    2. New Calvary - Washington Brown & Group
    3. Lord, Lord Shorty - Joe Brown & Group (Washington)
    4. Good Lord - Joe Brown & Group (Washington)
    5. Catch That Train - Sam Ballard
    6. Big Leg Ida - Sam Ballard
    7. Julie Montgomery - Unidentified Male Section Group
    8. Bye-Bye, Bonsoir, Mes Parents - Paul Junius Malveaux/Ernest Lafitte
    9. J'ai Fait Tout le Tour du Pays - Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance/Ring Dance Singers
    10. La-Bas Chez Moreau - Cleveland Benoit/Darby Hicks
    11. Je Veux Me Marier - Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance/Ring Dance Singers
    12. Moi Malheureux - Joe Massie
    13. Si Li, Le Bat - Joe Massie
    14. Bonsoir, Petit Monde - Paul Julius Malveaux/Ernest Lafitte
    15. Zydeco Pas Salee - Anderson Moss & Group
    16. Allons a LaFayette - Anderson Moss & Group
    17. Goodnight Irene - Huddie Ledbetter
    18. Mama Did You Bring Me Any Silver - Huddie Ledbetter
    19. Little Liza Jane - Stavin' Chain & String Band
    20. Trench Blues - John Bray
    21. Baton Rouge Rag - Joe Harris
    22. Winding Boy - Jelly Roll Morton
    23. Tiger Rag - Jelly Roll Morton
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1830

  • Credits

    Recorded between 1934 & 1940.
    With the impressive girth of Alan Lomax's collection of field recordings and the immediate accessibility of so many of these recordings, choosing a single disc to satiate those curious of the historical significance of Lomax's recordings is near impossible. Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train might not be the most logical place to start unless the listener is interested particularly in the unique music of Louisiana, but there are some very important documents here in the context of folk music, most notably the interview with Jelly Roll Morton at the end of the collection. Many of the tracks here are absolutely ferocious and upbeat a cappella ring shouts, but some early zydeco also appears here, as well as early Leadbelly recordings and musical contributions by Morton. What Lomax caught on tape over his long career of traveling is absolutely unbelievable, and Deep River of Song: Louisiana - Catch That Train is certainly no exception -- a priceless window into a time when music was a way of life, a style of communication, a working man's companion, and a celebratory, interactive way to pass the time. ~ Gregory McIntosh

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