Posted by on May 8, 2018

File: 6650A


Title: Lining/calling track

Subject: Elias Boykin and Houston Bacon

Recording Date: 8-8-1942

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Genre: spoken and work song

Instrument: percussion and vocal

City: Clarksdale

State: Mississippi

Setting: Delta Tourist Camp

Editor Notes:

Reenactment of track-lining with assorted lining-song fragments (some vulgar). Bacon keeps time by striking a tie. Identified as “Lining or calling track” on AFS card, although Bacon and Boykin state at the disc’s end that this is called “calling track… nothin’ but call.”

Identified by Lomax as the Delta Tourist Camp (suggested by Chris Smith to be the Delta Tourist Courts • 1600 N. State St. in Clarksdale)

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Online Resources: http://BEAUTIFUL SONGS/