Note: Joe Williams reminisces about early blues and other songs he heard as a child, among them "Joe Turner," "St. Louis Blues," "Peggy Lee," "Leather Britches" (which he remembers as "Jimbo"), "Boll Weevil," "Alabama Bound." He discusses working on the railroad and steel-laying songs; Lomax attempts to prompt his memory with some work-song fragments. Mable Hillery can be heard singing to herself in another room.
About the session: Big Joe Williams and Alan Lomax swap songs and accompany each other along with occasional vocal contributions from Mable Hillery at the apartment Lomax shared with John Henry Faulk at 670 West End Ave. It's not known if there was a purpose intended for the recording beyond documenting the casual event. Joan Halifax is credited as the recordist on the tape box.
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