Description: A reenactment of a Parchman Farm work-song, sung with hoe accompaniment by Walter Brown, Joe Savage, and friends, in Greenville, Mississippi. Brown and Savage were both former Parchman inmates (and we assume their companions were too). Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, in August 1978.
About the session: Bluesmen; fife-and-drum ensembles; former muleskinners and railroad tie-tampers; and tall-tale reciters. Performers include Skip James collaborator Jack Owens, diddley-bow player Lonnie Pitchford, fife legend Otha Turner, and R. L. Burnside in his first film appearance.
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