Clemens State Farm 4/39

Instrumental pieces, sacred material, work songs, and blues performed by Black incarcerated men at the Clemens State Prison Farm (now Clemens Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justie). The session was a diversion for the men and treated as a show, with participants volunteering to perform. Some, such as Ace Johnson and Smith Casey (whom Ruby T. and John A. Lomax refer to in their notes as "Smith Cason," already had experience in front of a microphone from their participation in a radio broadcast from the prison called "Behind the Walls." Ruby noted that the session lasted about three hours with a break for lunch.

Rabbit In the Garden

Slow drag work song

Captain, I Got A Home In Oklahoma

Worried Blues

I Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All

When I Get Home

Long Hot Summer Days

Grey Horse Blues

Shorty George

West Texas Blues

Santa Fe Blues

Levee camp hollers

Train song

Hesitating Blues

Clemens Rag

Mama Don't Allow

Jack of Diamonds

Old Rattler

Mourning Blues

Go Down, Old Hannah

Two White Horses Standing In A Line

I Got A Home In New Orleans

Memphis Flu

Hammer Ring

East Texas Rag

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