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Negro Work Songs

February 25, 2013

In the mid-20th century Alex Lomax recorded a large collection of negro work songs, some from chain gangs, in the field.  Charles Kuralt interviews Alex Lomax about his career and his lifetime of collecting folk songs.

Here is a collection of some of these songs on YouTube.

Rosie

Early in the Mornin’

Prison Blues

Tangle Eye Blues

Murderer’s Home

Jumpin’ Judy

Levee Camp Hollar

Black Woman

Prettiest Train

No More, My Lawd

Old Dollar Mamie

I’m Going Home

Old Alabama

Wha0 Buck

Rock Island Line

Stackerlee

It Makes a Long Time Man Feel Bad

John Henry

O’ Berta

And some non-Lomax recordings

Go Down Old Hannah

Lighting Long John

You can buy these collections of songs on Amazon.

Prison Songs (Historical Recordings From Parchman Farm 1947-48), Vol. 2: Don'tcha Hear Poor Mother Calling?

Prison Songs (Historical Recordings From Parchman Farm 1947-48), Vol. 1: Murderous Home

Wake Up Dead Man: Black Convict Worksongs from Texas Prisons

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