Description: Clyde "Judas" Maxwell sings "You Got to Cross That River of Jordan" with his wife Bea and friends Lilian Simpson and Fannie McCullough. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Maxwell's farm in Madison Co., Mississippi, September 3, 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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