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Listen NowTitleFile NumberSubjectsRecording DateAlt TitleGenresInstrumentsCitiesCountiesStateSettingEditor NoteTechnical NoteOnline Resources
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%

Tunings6671B2, , , 8-15-1942
The Devil's Dream6672A4, , , 8-15-1942, , , ,
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.

 

Jesse James6673A1, , , 8-15-1942, , , , ,
After the Ball Is Over6673A2, , , 8-15-1942, , , ,
The Sidewalks of New York6673A3, , , 8-15-1942, , , ,
The Death March6673A4, , , 8-15-1942, , ,

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

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, , , , , ,