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The Eighth of January6670A1, , , , 8-15-1942, , , , , ,

Preceded by introduction by Alan Lomax. The setting given is that which Lomax announces; he later (in his “The Land Where the Blues Began” [1993]) referred to it as “The Funky Fives,” where a picnic was underway. His other reference in that book to “Po’ Whore’s Kingdom” remains unclear.

Corrected to +0.595 / 103.5%

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Interview about his father, influences, and the Carrier Line6670A2, 8-15-1942

Hemphill discusses his father, musical influences, and instruments and repertoire, then the story behind “The Carrier Line,” which he wrote in 1903, concerning lumber magnate John Carrier and his engineers Dave Cowart and Mr. Bailey, and the wreck on the road at Malone’s Trestle. The song was commissioned by Mr. Woolard, the section foreman.

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The Roguish Man (part 2)6670A3, , , , 8-15-1942, , , , ,

Followed by discussion of Jack Castle, the subject of the ballad. The discs were accessioned in the wrong order, putting the second part of the song before the first.

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The Carrier Line6670B1, , , 8-15-1942The Carrier Railroad, , , , , askew lucius hemphill willheadballadbanjo bass drum fiddle guitar vocalquitmanmississippifives
The Roguish Man (part 1)6670B2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , askew lucius hemphill willheadballadbanjo bass drum fiddle guitar kazoo vocalquitmanmississippifives
The Strayhorn Mob6671A1, , , , 8-15-1942, , , , , ,

Followed by a discussion of the ballad, concerning a lynching in Strayhorn, Miss.

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Boll Weevil6671A2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , ,

Followed by discussion of composing the ballad, which Smith suggests Hemphill wrote in 1905.

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Arkansas Traveler6671B1, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , ,

Followed by solo demonstrations of each instruments’ part and their tunings . (Smith’s kazoo only comes in here.)

Corrected to +0.234 / 101.36%

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Tunings6671B2, , , 8-15-1942askew lucius hemphill willheadinstrumentalquitmanmississippifives
Come On Boys, Let's Go to the Ball (#1)6672A1, 8-15-1942, , ,

Identified on AFS card as “Emmaline Take Yo’ Time.” Askew is playing four-hole quills (see tuning on AFS 6672B2.)

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Quills tuning / Come On Boys, Let's Go to the Ball (#2)6672A2, ,

After the tune, Hemphill encourages Askew to play “Emmaline, Take Your Time.” Askew claims to not remember it and nudges Sid to do it. Sid replies, “I’m too old to blow quills.”

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Emmaline, Take Your Time6672A3, 8-15-1942,

Followed by interview with Hemphill about learning to play the quills, which he had from a Jeems Lomax. “Must be kin to me,” says Alan. Sid is playing ten-hole quills and blows each note for demonstration.

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The Devil's Dream6672A4, , , 8-15-1942, , , , askew lucius hemphill willheadinstrumentalbass drum snare-drum ten-hole-quills vocalquitmanmississippifives
Leather Britches6672B1, , , 8-15-1942Leather Breeches, , , , , , askew lucius hemphill willheadfiddle-tune reelbanjo bass drum fiddle guitar vocalquitmanmississippifives
Rye Straw6672B2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , ,

Identified on AFS card as “Rice Straw” (which is what Hemphill, at the end of the preceding band, might refer to it as).

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So Soon I'll Be At Home6672B3, , , 8-15-1942, , , , ,

Audio file culled from AFS reel due to inferior direct-from-disc transfer.

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Old Blues6672B4, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , ,

Identified on AFS card as “Old Blue,” but it is not a version of the song about the dog by that name.

Seriously marred by speed fluctuation.

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Jesse James6673A1, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , askew lucius hemphill willheadlyric-song reelbass drum fife snare-drum vocalquitmanmississippifives
After the Ball Is Over6673A2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , askew lucius hemphill willheaddance-tune popular-songbass drum fife snare-drumquitmanmississippifives
The Sidewalks of New York6673A3, , , 8-15-1942, , , , askew lucius hemphill willheaddance-tune popular-songbass drum fife snare-drumquitmanmississippifives
The Death March6673A4, , , 8-15-1942, , ,

It is assumed Smith and Askew are playing the snare drums.

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John Henry6673A5, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , , askew lucius hemphill willheaddance-tune lyric-song reelbanjo bass drum fiddle guitar vocalquitmanmississippifives
Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy6673B1, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , , askew lucius hemphill willheaddance-tune lyric-song reelbanjo bass drum fiddle guitar vocalquitmanmississippifives
Hog Hunt6673B2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , ,

Slightly less distorted transfer on AFC’s LWO 1832100-2-2 (MAVIS ID).

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Soon In the Morning6673B3, , 8-15-1942, , , , , , lucius hemphill willheadlyric-song reelbanjo bass drum fiddle guitar vocalquitmanmississippifives