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Country Blues4769A18-30-1941,

Followed by interview with Alan Lomax about the song, Robert Johnson, Son House, his tunings, style, and musicianship.

I Be's Troubled4769A28/30/1941,

Followed by interview with Alan Lomax about the song, Robert Johnson, Son House, his tunings, style, and musicianship.

Country Blues (duplicate)4770A18-30-1941,

Duplicate (from preservation reel) of 4769A1. Followed by interview with Alan Lomax about the song, Robert Johnson, Son House, his tunings, style, and musicianship.

I Be's Troubled (duplicate)4770A28/30/1941,

Duplicate (from preservation reel) of 4769A2. Followed by interview with John Work about the song’s composition and his repertoire playing for dances.

I'm A Soldier (In the Army of the Lord) / Ain't But One Way to Glory4774A, , , , , 8-31-1941, , , , , ,

Performances interspersed with testimony. Personnel listed are those notated by Lomax or heard referred to on the recordings.

Worship service (testimonials)4775A1, , , , , 8/31/1941, , ,

Personnel listed are those notated by Lomax or heard referred to on the recordings.

I'm Gonna Lift Up A Standard for My King4775A2, , , , , 8-31-1941, , , , ,

Personnel listed are those notated by Lomax or heard referred to on the recordings.

Build Up A Building for the Lord / One Day, Lord (I'll Give Up This World and Follow You) / Testimonials / He Died for Me4775B, , , , , 8-31-1941, , , , , ,

Performance followed by testimonials, including some instances of speech-in-tongues and “getting happy.” (These bands are identified as “Sermon and singing” on AFS cards.) Personnel listed are those notated by Lomax or heard referred to on the recordings.

Worship service (testimonials and prayers) / Amen Amen Amen4776A, , , , , 8/31/1941, , , , , ,

Performance of “Amen Amen Amen” is preceded by an introduction of “Mother Vickson” from Shelby, Miss., with both testimonials and prayers before and after. Band is identified simply as “Singing” on AFS card. Personnel listed are those notated by Lomax or heard referred to on the recordings.

Worship service (preaching and Bible reading)4776B, , , , , 8/31/1941, , , ,

Band is identified simply as “Singing” on AFS card. Personnel listed are those notated by Lomax or heard referred to on the recordings.

Levee Camp Blues (#1)4780A2, , , 9-3-1941, , ,

An archival source for both sides of this disc was unavailable at the time of cataloging (Spring 2018). The Library of Congress’ disc concordance states that no preservation reel was made when the rest of the collection was transferred (1968), which suggests the disc was either damaged or missing. However, the fact that the recordings have been commercially issued (see Biograph’s “The Original Library of Congress Sessions From Field Recordings 1941-1942”) argues that the disc or at least a tape transfer does survive and is simply currently (still) missing. The audio in this catalog, then, is that issued on the Biograph CD.

Government Fleet Blues4780B1, , , 9-3-1941, , ,

An archival source for both sides of this disc was unavailable at the time of cataloging (Spring 2018). The Library of Congress’ disc concordance states that no preservation reel was made when the rest of the collection was transferred (1968), which suggests the disc was either damaged or missing. However, the fact that the recordings have been commercially issued (see Biograph’s “The Original Library of Congress Sessions From Field Recordings 1941-1942”) argues that the disc or at least a tape transfer does survive and is simply currently (still) missing. The audio in this catalog, then, is that issued on the Biograph CD.

Walking Blues4780B2, , , 9-3-1941, , ,

An archival source for both sides of this disc was unavailable at the time of cataloging (Spring 2018). The Library of Congress’ disc concordance states that no preservation reel was made when the rest of the collection was transferred (1968), which suggests the disc was either damaged or missing. However, the fact that the recordings have been commercially issued (see Biograph’s “The Original Library of Congress Sessions From Field Recordings 1941-1942”) argues that the disc or at least a tape transfer does survive and is simply currently (still) missing. The audio in this catalog, then, is that issued on the Biograph CD.

Shetland Pony Blues4781A19/3/1941,
Fo' Clock Blues4781A2, , 9-3-1941, ,
Make Me A Pallet On the Floor4781A39-3-1941,
Delta Blues4781B2, 9-3-1941, ,
Going to Fishing4781B3, , 9-3-1941, , ,
Uncle Sam Done Called (fragment)4782A1, , 9-3-1941, , ,

Identified as a microphone test in AFS catalog.

Uncle Sam Done Called4782A2, , 9-3-1941, , ,

Remaining side is a brief instrumental by E.C. Ball (recorded in Virginia) followed by empty disc.

Deary, Don't Be Angry6109A1, , , , , 7-14-1942, , , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.”

Kokomo Blues6109A2, , , , , 7-14-1942, , , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.” “Kokomo” was misheard/misidentified as “Kohoma” on AFS card.

I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You6109A3, , , , , 7-14-1942, , , , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.” Followed by discussion of song by Stokes and Dalton, who say they’ve been playing together for 8-10 years.

Going Away to Make It Lonesome Here6109B1, , , , , 7-14-1942, , , , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.” Followed by demonstration of the band’s instruments.

Solider's Joy6109B2, , , , 7-14-1942, , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.” Followed by Lomax interview with mandolinist James Kelly, native of Pulaski, Tenn., about his repertoire and that of the black and white Pulaski communities.

Arkansas Traveler6109B3, , , , , 7-14-1942, , , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.” Followed by Lomax interview with mandolinist James Kelly, native of Pulaski, Tenn., about his repertoire and that of the black and white Pulaski communities.

Old Joe6109B4, , , , 7-14-1942, , , , ,

Lomax identified Carroll’s bass as a “tin-can bull-fiddle.”

Four O'Clock Flower Blues6605A1, 7-16-1942, ,

Followed by Lomax interview with Blackwell about his compositions.

Audio drop-out at 2:58 (releases of this performance have edited out the compromised phrase).

Junior, A Jap Girl's Christmas for His Santa Claus6605B7-16-1942, ,

“Junior” transcribed as “Junion” on AFS card. This oft-mangled title, to quote Chris Smith, “result[s] from a misunderstanding of Blackwell’s lyric, which refers to sending Junior ‘a Jap’s skull’ [at] Christmas for his Santa Claus [gift].”

Performance followed by blank disc.

Mississippi Blues6606A17-16-1942, ,
East St. Louis Blues6606A27-16-1942, ,
Ragged and Dirty6606A3, 7-16-1942, ,
World is Goin' to Destruction6606B1, , , , , 7-17-1942, ,
Song fragment6606B27-17-1942,

Alternately identified as “Sun Goin’ Down,” “I Ain’t Goin’ to Cry No More,” and “Special Rider” on various releases and (in the case of the latter) Blues and Gospel Recordings.

Special Rider Blues6606B37-17-1942,

Followed by brief discussion of song, which House said he learned in 1928 from Willie Williams in Matson, Miss., and by the tuning (Spanish A).

Low Down Dirty Dog Blues6607A17-17-1942,
Depot Blues6607A27-17-1942,

Followed by demonstration of tuning and chords, and lyric improvisation.

American Defense6607B17-17-1942, ,

Followed by discussion and tuning demonstration. House says he made the song up three months earlier.

Am I Right Or Wrong6607B27-17-1942,
Walking Blues6607B37-17-1942Death Letter Blues,

In the Lomax interview that follows, House discusses his experience recording for the Paramount company in 1930, and his affiliation with the Delta Big Four and Charley Patton. He also identifies this song as “Walking Blues,” although what was issued on Paramount under that name is a different song. This performance would be identified on 1960s releases as “Death Letter (Blues).”

County Farm Blues6608A17-17-1942,

Brief interview with Lomax follows.

The Pony Blues6608A27-17-1942,

Followed by tuning demonstration; House says he learned the tuning from Willie Brown.

The Jinx Blues (#1)6608A37-17-1942,
The Jinx Blues (#2)6608B17-17-1942,
Spread My Raincoat Down6610A27-20-1942,

Edwards tells Lomax this is the first song he learned.

You Got To Roll (II)6610B37-20-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of song’s origins and some of the lyrics, including Lomax asking Edwards why he changed the lyrics for the recording from “white folks” to “baby.” Also about his musician father and his repertoire.

Stagolee6610B47-20-1942, , ,

A song (and in a style) learned from his father.

Stagolee6610B47-20-1942, , ,

A song (and in a style) learned from his father.

Just A Spoonful6610B57-20-1942, , ,

A song (and in a style) learned from his father.

I Love My Jelly Roll6611A17-20-1942,

A song learned from a Ringling Bros. show: “a shine thing, a negro thing.”

Hellatakin' Blues6611A37-20-1942Hesitation Blues,

Edwards sings this as “Hellatakin’,” and it’s cataloged as such on AFS card.

Worried Life Blues6612A17-20-1942,

Followed by discussion of composing vs. improvising verses.

Water Coast Blues6612A27-20-1942,

Preceded by several false starts and much blank disc.

The Army Blues6612B17-20-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of the song, which he had written “about three weeks ago,” and the war.

Tear It Down6612B27-20-1942Tear It Down (Bed Slats and All),

The item identified as “Ragtime Selection” in the AFS catalog (6612B3) is presumably this one.

Test (Unidentified blues)6615B17-22-1942, , , ,

Identified as “test” on AFS card. Aural evidence suggests this could be Edwards’ performance that appears in Lomax’s Clarksdale film footage.

Marred by intense speed fluctuations.

Wind Howlin' Blues6615B27-22-1942, ,

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

Roamin' and Ramblin Blues6615B37-22-1942, , , ,

Preceded by Lomax announcement of “a man who’s been all over the country, he’s a very experienced musician, same age as I am — 27 years old….”

Ramblin' Kid Blues (fragment)6628A1, , , 7-24-1942, , ,

Fragmentary machine/microphone test.

Ramblin' Kid Blues (fragment)6628A6, , , 7-24-1942, , ,
Rosalie6628A7, , , 7-24-1942Rosa Lee, , ,
Joe Turner Blues6628A8, , , 7-24-1942, , ,

With spoken interjections by the rest of the group.

Pearlie May Blues6628B1, , , 7-24-1942, , ,
Take A Walk With Me6628B2, 7-24-1942,
Burr Clover Blues6628B3, 7-24-1942,

Discussion about composition follows. Morganfield says he wrote it in ’40.

I Be Bound to Write to You (#1)6629A3, 7-24-1942,
I Be Bound to Write to You (#2)6629A4, 7-24-1942,
You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone6629A57-24-1942,
Joe Turner Blues (false start)6629B5, 7-24-1942, ,
Joe Turner Blues6629B6, 7-24-1942, ,
Deary, Don't Be Angry (fragment)6630B2, , , , 7-14-1942, , , , ,
Where I Shall Wear the Golden Crown6633A4, 7-26-1942, , ,
Do Remember Me6633B1, 7-26-1942, ,
I'll Live On / Testimony6633B3, 7-26-1942, ,

Interspersed with an unidentified woman’s testimony.

I'm Pressing On6633B5, 7-26-1942, , ,
Every Hour I'm With You / Testimonies6633B7, , 7-26-1942, ,
Jesus Is My Friend6633B8, 7-26-1942, ,
With Angels Climbing the Golden Stairs6633B9, 7-26-1942, , ,
I Got A New World In My View6634A1, , 7-26-1942, ,

Identified on card as “I Got A Heaven In My View.”

Severe speed fluctuation.

I Got A Heaven In My View6634A3, 7-26-1942, ,

Severe speed fluctuation.

If You Put Your Trust In Jesus, Everything Will Be All Right6634A4, 7-26-1942, , ,

Severe speed fluctuation.

At the Cross6634B4, 7-26-1942, ,
Yea, Lord (part 1)6634B5, 7-26-1942, ,
Yea, Lord (part 2)6635A1, 7-26-1942, ,
The Blood Has Made Me Whole6635A3, 7-26-1942, , ,

Identified as “The Blood Have Made Me Whole” on AFS card.

Yea, Lord6635B3, 7-26-1942, , Y/
Praise Him6635B4, 7-26-1942, , Y/
I'm Running for My Life6635B5, 7-26-1942, ,

Fragment at top of track is likely a transfer false start.

He Never Said A Mumbling Word6636A2, 7-26-1942, , , ,

Followed by ambience and machine hum.

Y/
Sweeter As the Years Go By6636A3, 7-26-1942, , , ,

Identified as “Peter, As the Years Go By” on AFS card.

Machine hum toward band end.

Heaven's Going to Be My Home6636B1, 7-26-1942, , , ,

Marred by speed fluctuation and machine noise.

Just Like Heaven to Me6636B2, 7-26-1942, , ,

Preceded by a minute of blank disc.

Y/
Running Up the Shiny Way6636B3, 7-26-1942, , , ,
I'm A Soldier In the Army of the Lord6637A1, 7-26-1942, , , ,
I Claim Jesus First of All6637A3, 7-26-1942, , , ,

Identified as “Every Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right” in AFS catalog.

Y/
Just A Little Talk With Jesus6637A4, 7-26-1942, , , , http://Y (fades out)/
Jesus Is My Everything (part 1)6637B1, 7-26-1942, , , ,
Jesus Is My Everything (part 2)6637B2, 7-26-1942, , , ,
My Mind Done Changed (#1)6640B17-28-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of where he learned song and its meaning.

Two minutes of blank disc precede performance.

Katy, I Got To Go (To Judgment)6640B27-28-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of song, sung at old-time Baptist prayer meetings.

Rock, Daniel (#2)6641A17-28-1942, ,

Preceded by empty disc and brief announcement of Robertson’s age (75). This performance is not listed in the AFS catalog, which identifies the following song as 6641A1.

Run, Sinner, Run6641A27-28-1942, ,
There'll Be Preaching Tonight (On the Old Campground)6641A37-28-1942, ,
Outshine the Sun6641A47-28-1942Beulah Land, ,
On the Other Side of Jordan6641A57-28-1942, ,

Sound is severely intermittent.

That's What's the Matter With the Church Today6642A17-28-1942,
Clear the Line Before You Call6642A27-28-1942,
My Mind Done Changed (#2)6642A37-28-1942,
Interview about Georgia Skin and gambling / Jack O' Diamonds6649B, , 8-8-1942, ,

Discussion of gambling and hustling cards interspersed with singing of “Jack O’ Diamonds” and assorted floating verses. Band begins with idle guitar picking. Band ends with a woman’s voice: “I wouldn’t let those boys sit on the bed.”

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

Break the News to Mother (fragment)6650B18-9-1942, , ,
Coon, Coon, Coon (I Wish My Color Would Fade)6650B28-9-1942, , ,

Followed by discussion about learning the song (c. 1914), and its popularity.

Preceded by stretch of blank disc and test segment.

Break the News to Mother6650B48-9-1942, , ,

Followed by discussion about the song, which he learned from a songbook c. 1914. Places it, correctly, in the Spanish-American War.

The State of Arkansas6651A18-9-1942The State of Arkansaw,

Followed by discussion of where he learned it. Identified merely as “Arkansas” on AFS card.

Y/
The Late War6651A48-9-1942, ,

Followed by discussion of the song, which he learned in 1918, and the race of song’s composer.

Ollie Jackson (#1)6651B18-9-1942,

Followed by discussion of the song. Learned from a Charley Washington of Kansas City.

Travelin' Man6651B28-9-1942, ,

Followed by a discussion of the song, which he learned at a medicine show.

Ollie Jackson (#2)6654B38-9-1942,
You Got to Take Sick and Die Some of These Days6666A37-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/
Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You6666B17-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/
Country Blues6666B27-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/
You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Dead and Gone6667A17-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/
32-206667B2, 7-30-1942,

“Johnny”‘s is otherwise unidentified.

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%

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.

The Carrier Line6670B1, , , 8-15-1942The Carrier Railroad, , , , ,
The Roguish Man (part 1)6670B2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , ,
The Strayhorn Mob6671A1, , , , 8-15-1942, , , , , ,

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

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

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

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%

Leather Britches6672B1, , , 8-15-1942Leather Breeches, , , , , ,
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).

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

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

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.

John Henry6673A5, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , ,
Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy6673B1, , , 8-15-1942, , , , , , ,
Hog Hunt6673B2, , , 8-15-1942, , , , ,

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

Soon In the Morning6673B3, , 8-15-1942, , , , , ,