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Miss. Blues rerun, Dick Gordon-The Story

Janie 01 Apr 10 - 09:38 PM
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Subject: Mississippi Blues rerun, Dick Gordon-The Story
From: Janie
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 09:38 PM

Dick Gordon - The Story, rebroadcast an excellent interview with Bill Farris( with lots of recordings of Mississippi blues) today Give My Poor Heart Ease. Although it was first broadcast 11/6/09 it was either not posted to Mudcat, or I can't find the proper search term, so thought I would go ahead and post a link.

Today's podcast

Have copy and pasted the blurp from the website below.


Bill Ferris is one of this country's leading folklorists. His new work, Give My Poor Heart Ease, includes a book, a CD and a DVD. It is a collection of original recordings that Bill made in his native Mississippi.

As a boy, Bill began going to church with his family's housekeeper, Mary Gordon. He fell in love with the music and the drama of the church. As a teenager, he hit the road with recording equipment. Soon he was capturing music in lots of different African American communities. Bill soon discovered the blues, and the recordings he made in the 60's and 70's capture the roots of the Mississippi blues. Bill Ferris joins Dick Gordon to tell about his passion for the people and the stories behind the Mississippi blues. This story originally aired on 11/6/09.

See video clips of BB King and the men at The Parchman Penitentiary

Find out more about the one strand guitar

All archival recordings are from the CD/DVD included in the book

All music is from the CD included in the book. Musicians include: Going Down to the Station by 'Sonny Boy' Williams; Going Away Blues and Boogie Chillun by Lovey Williams; Lazarus and Oh, Rosie by Inmates at the Parchman State Penitentiary; There are Days by Southland Hummingbirds; You Shall Be Free by Mary Gordon; Highway 61 Blues and Cairo Blues by James 'Son' Thomas

Although the link above will refer to a different story in a few hours, it should also be availabe as an archived podcast from 11/6/2009.

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