Description: Othar Turner's Rising Star Fife & Drum band (Turner, fife; G. D. Young, bass drum; E.P. Burton, snare; Eddie Ware, snare) perform "Sitting On Top of the World," at a picnic on Othar's farm. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long in Gravel Springs, Mississippi, 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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