Lomax 1939, discs 2604-2606

The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip, discs 2604, 2605 & 2606. 1939. (on mp3, from the Library of Congress website)

More recordings of convicts in a Texas prison, singing blues and spirituals.  With the exception of a couple songs where the recording didn’t turn out, they’re pretty much all great tracks.

“Hesitating Blues” (mellow blues with guitar)
“Jesus Walk’ Round Your Bedside” (solo vocal spiritual)
“This Heart o’ Mine” (solo vocal spiritual)
“Gambler Where Was You?” (spiritual with guitar, a great song but unfortunately poorly recorded)
“Smokey Mountain Blues” (delta blues with guitar)
“Worry Blues” (unaccompanied group spiritual)
“Come On and Bow Down” (a peppy spiritual with guitar)

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