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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Alan Lomax Recordings - Fred McDowell

Fred McDowell: The Alan Lomax Recordings are the first recordings made of
Fred McDowell before the folk festivals and blues clubs, before
Mississippi was inserted in front of his name, before the Rolling Stones
covered his You Got To Move. They're the sound of the music McDowell
played on his porch, at picnics, and juke joints; with his friends and
family; occasionally for money but always for pleasure. It's the music he
taught a young R.L. Burnside to play. Freshly remastered from 24-bit
digital transfers of Alan Lomax's original tapes, and annotated by
Arhoolie Records' Adam Machado and the Alan Lomax Archive's Nathan
Salsburg, they are an illustration of the mind-blowing revelation that was
Fred McDowell. This was released DIGITALLY by Global Jukebox
September 6

On the first day of fall, 1959, in Como, Mississippi, a farmer named Fred
McDowell emerged from the woods and ambled over to his neighbor Lonnie
Young's front porch with a guitar in hand. Alan Lomax was there recording
the Young brothers' fife and drum ensemble, as well as the raggy old
country dance music of their neighbors, the Pratcher brothers, and he had
no idea what to expect from this slight man in overalls. He certainly
didn't expect that Fred would soon become internationally known as one of
the most original, talented, and affecting country bluesmen ever recorded.

The Alan Lomax Archive is the repository of thousands of hours of Lomax's
field recordings from across his seven-decade career, and Global Jukebox
is its first independent music label. It will draw on the full range of
the archive's worldwide

Title: Fred McDowell:
The Alan Lomax Recordings
Label: Global Jukebox
Catalog #: GJ1007
UPC: 847108079473
Genre: Folk, Blues, Traditional
Street Date: 8.2.11
PDF booklet: 8-page booklet of photos and
song notes.


Also available as an LP on
Mississippi Records / Domino Sound
Track List
1. Shake 'Em on Down
2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
3. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
4. Fred McDowell's Blues
5. Woke Up This Morning with My Mind on Jesus
6. Drop Down Mama
7. Going Down to the River
8. Wished I Was in Heaven Sitting Down
9. When the Train Comes Along
10. When You Get Home Please Write Me a Few
of Your Lines
11. Worried Mind Blues
12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
(Instrumental Reprise)

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