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Preachin' the BluesThe Life and Times of Son House$
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Daniel Beaumont

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001

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Jinx Blues

Jinx Blues

The 1941–42 Fisk-Library of Congress Sessions

(p.93) Chapter 6 Jinx Blues
Preachin' the Blues

Daniel Beaumont

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the events pertaining to the 1941 Fisk-Library of Congress recording sessions, a project that came about from a study proposed by John Wesley Work III with respect to the 1940 fire incident in Natchez, Mississippi. Work's idea was pitched to the Library of Congress and eventually approved by Alan Lomax. Work and Lomax arrived in Clarksdale and came across Muddy Waters and Son House, possibly by asking for the names of the leading blues musicians. The recording proceeded with House performing five songs, four of them together with his band—Willie Brown on guitar, Leroy Williams on harp, and Fiddlin' Joe Martin on mandolin. Lomax returned to Mississippi the following year and recorded with House once more, spawning ten more tracks. That same year, House headed north and spent the next twenty-one years of his life in musical exile.

Keywords:   Fisk-Library of Congress sessions, John Wesley Work III, Alan Lomax, Muddy Waters, Son House, Willie Brown, Leroy Williams, Fiddlin' Joe Martin

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