Description: Retired gandy-dancer and work-song leader George Johnson sings some track-lining verses on the railroad outside Greenville, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 31, 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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