Parchman 12/47

November 1, 1947 to December 31, 1947
Parchman, Sunflower County, Mississippi, United States
These recordings were made in late 1947 at the Lambert Camp at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm. Some were originally issued by Tradition on a 1958 LP entitled "Negro Prison Songs," and were were later (1997) issued on CD in two volumes - "Prison Songs" - as part of the Alan Lomax Collection on Rounder Records, and in a two-CD set on Dust-to-Digital called "Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947–1959."

Toast by W. D. Stewart (Bama)

Bye Bye Baby

I Don't Want You

Interview with W. D. Stewart (Bama)

I'm Going To Memphis

Stewball (I)

Don't You Hear Poor Mother Calling?

Early In The Morning

When I Went To Leland

Did You Hear About Louella Wallace?

Take This Hammer

Jumpin' Judy

Tangle Eye Blues

It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad

John Henry

John Henry (duplicate)

Well, I Wonder

O 'Berta

Prettiest Train

O Rosie

Old Dollar Mamie

The Weather Get Warm (fragment)


Stewball (II)

Sometimes I Wonder

Levee Camp Holler

Tall tales

I'm Goin' Home

Commentary by W. D. Stewart (Bama) on getting into the penitentiary, work song leaders, and the best prison singers


Take Me Back

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