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.

Highlights:
“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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