• The Fall 2019 season of the program will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the so-called "Southern Journey" field-recording trip and explore various regions, traditions, and performers Lomax and Collins visited and recorded. This first episode is a (highly cursory) survey. 1. Hobart Smith: Railroad Bill. Bluefield, Virginia, August 25.2. Texas Gladden: Whole Heap of Little Horses. Salem, Virginia, August 26.3. Charlie Higgins, Wade Ward, and Bob Carpenter: Did You Ever Seen the Devil, Uncle Joe? Galax, Virginia, August 31.4. Fred McDowell with Fanny Davis and Miles Pratcher: Gravel Road Blues. Como, Mississippi, September 22.5. Ed Young, Lonnie Young, Sr., and Lonnie Young, Jr.: Church I Know We Got Another Building. Como, Mississippi, September 21.6. Ed Lewis and group (consisting of, at least, Wesley Lee Brown, Oscar Crosby, Robert Lewis, Willie Matthews, John Edmonds, Willie P. Roberts, and Henry Mason): I'll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down. Camp B, Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary), September 19 or 20.7. Vera Ward Hall: Wild Ox Moan. Livingston, Alabama, October 10.8. Almeda Riddle: Rainbow Mid Life's Willows. Heber Springs, Arkansas, October 6 or 7.9. Big John Davis and the Spiritual Singers of Coastal Georgia (soon to be renamed the Georgia Sea Island Singers): Moses, Don't Get Lost. St. Simons Island, Georgia, October 12.

  • 1. Villagers of Cáceres, La Mancha: Christmas processional, Christmas Eve 19522. Merritt Boddie and Marigolds band: Christmas Machete, Gingerland, Nevis, July 19623. Norman Edmonds and the Old-Timers: Breaking Up Christmas, Hillsville, Virginia, August 19594. Sophie Loman Wing and group: All Night Long, St. Simons Island, Georgia, June 19355. Kelley Pace and prisoners: Holy Babe, Cumins State Farm, near Gould, Arkansas, 19426. Vera Ward Hall: No Room At the Inn / Last Month of the Year, Livingston, Alabama, October 19597. Phil Tanner: The Gower Wassail, Columbia Studios, London, 19378. Shirley and Dolly Collins: The Moon Shines Bright, from “For As Many As Will” (Topic, 1978)9. 1959 United Sacred Harp Musical Association: Sherburne (#186), Fyffe, Alabama, September 195910. Villagers of Hío, Aragon: Buenas Entradas de Reyes, Hío, Galicia, November 195211. Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers with Hobart Smith, Nat Rahmings, and Ed Young: Yonder Come Day, St. Simons, Georgia, 1960. Preceded by 1962 discussion about the song between Jones and Antoinette Marchand. And the complete 1957 BBC broadcast of “Sing Christmas and the Turn of the Year,” produced and hosted by Alan Lomax. Songs and performers listed here (although we have edited out Lomax's performance of "No Room At the Inn" for reasons [primarily] of file size). https://www.discogs.com/Various-Sing-Christmas-And-The-Turn-Of-The-Year/release/6156619

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  • Topical, protest, and resistance songs from Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas, Trinidad by way of New York City, Oklahoma by way of California, and the Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm.

    1. Sarah Ogan Gunning: I Hate the Capitalist System. NYC, November 1937. 2. Hobart Smith: Peg and Awl. Bluefield, Virginia, August 1959. 3. Big Bill Broonzy: Black, Brown and White Blues. Decca Studios, NYC, March 1947. 4. Lord Invader: Yankee Dollar. Town Hall, NYC, December 1947. 5. Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Refugees. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., March 1940. 6. Nimrod Workman: 42 Years. Mascot, Tennessee, July 1983. 7. Floyd Batts: Dangerous Blues. Parchman Farm Camp 11, Parchman, Mississippi, September 1959. 8. M.B. Barnes & prisoners: Oh Freedom. Parchman Farm Women's Camp, April 1936.

  • Songs from and/or of the sea (and one Great Lake), from Italy, Scotland, Grenada, the Georgia Sea Islands, and Lake Michigan.

    1. Captain A.H. Rasmussen: interview on chanties/Amsterdam Maid (fragment). Recorded in London, 1955.2. Daniel Aitkens & tombstone feast group: Blow the Man Down. Recorded in La Resource, Carriacou, Grenada, August 1962.3. Big John Davis, Henry Morrison, and Georgia Sea Island Singers: Hop Along, Let’s Get Her. Recorded in St. Simons Island, Georgia, October 1959.4. Elizabeth Austin and group: Sailing In the Boat When the Tide Runs Strong. Recorded in Old Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas, 1935.5. Dominick Gallagher: The Gallagher Boys. Recorded at Beaver Island, Michigan, 1938. 6. Penny Morrison and group: Cha déid mi do dh’fhear gun bhàta (I’ll Not Go To A Man Without A Boat). Recorded at Balivanich, Benbecula, Scotland, June 1951.7. Michele Ilari and fishermen: Cialomi (tuna fishing chants). Recorded off Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, June 1954.8. Jean Glaud: Hooray Irena. Recorded in Gouyave, Carriacou, Grenada, August 1962. 9. Lomax interview with Newton Joseph, interspersed with chanteys (“Hi-Lo Boys” and “Long Time Ago”), L’Esterre, Carriacou, 1962.

  • The Lomaxes are well-known for the recordings they made of artists who went on to become famous and influential figures in traditional and popular music alike: Lead Belly, Bessie Jones, Woody Guthrie, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters. But there are countless wonderful singers and players in the Lomax collections about whom we know next to nothing or nothing whatsoever, and this episode focuses on some of them, with music from Memphis, Cajun Louisiana, Morocco, Sint Eustatius, Romania, and two songs from the Mississippi Delta (one by way of Detroit).1. Unidentified woman: All Power Is In His Hands. Recorded at the Coahoma County Agricultural High School, Coahoma, Mississippi, July 1942.2. Cecil Augusta: Crawford's Jump. Memphis, Tennessee, October 1959. 3. Sampson Pittman with Calvin Frazier: I Been Down the Circle Before. Detroit, Michigan, November 1938. 4. Unidentified: Strigaturi. Dragus, Romania, August 1964. 5. Alice Gibbs: Jerusalem Cuckoo (I Am A Donkey Driver). St. Eustatius (Statia), 1967.6. Unidentified: Cajun mazurka. Kaplan, Louisiana, 1934. 7. Unidentified Amazigh man: Al-Hamdulillah (Thanks Be to God). Aguelmouss, Ouarzazate, Souss-Massa-Drâa, Morocco. September 1967.

  • Dance tunes from Arkansas, Abruzzo, the island of Dominica, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a front porch in the North Carolina Piedmont, and an excerpt from the "Dancing Around the World" episode of Alan Lomax's 1948 "Your Ballad Man" radio show.

    1. Said excerpt, early 1948, Mutual Broadcasting System.2. Edward King: Le Jour D L'an (New Years Day). Recorded in Baraga, Michigan, October 1938. 3. Neal Morris & Uncle Charlie Higgins: Wave the Ocean, Wave the Sea. Timbo, Arkansas, September 1959.4. Sonia Carbon and group: Bo Mwen Che. Woodford Hill, Dominica, June 1962. 5. Unidentified singers with Liborio Garanfa (guitar) and Giuseppe Gavita (violin): Saltarella. Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy, December 1954.6. Algia Mae Hinton: front porch boogie. Johnston County, North Carolina, July 1983.

  • A selection of songs concerning love in its vagaries, timed for Valentine's Day. Performances from Atlanta, Georgia; Cajun Louisiana; Scotland; Southwest Virginia; Turkmenistan; Eastern Kentucky, and the Arkansas Ozarks.


    1. Blind Willie McTell: King Edward Blues. Recorded by John A. Lomax in Atlanta, Georgia, November 5, 1940. 2. Isla Cameron: Died for Love. Recorded in London, England, February 11, 1951. 3a. Ella Hoffpauir: Papier d'épingles. Recorded by John A. and Alan Lomax in New Iberia, Louisiana, August 1934.3b. Mr. & Mrs. John Mearns: Pennyworth O' Preens. Recorded in Aberdeen, Scotland, on July 15, 1951. 3c. E.C. and Orna Ball: Paper of Pins. Recorded in Rugby, Virginia, August 30, 1959.4. Gurbandurdy Jeng Ienov and ensemble: You Are Beautiful. Original recording date unknown; dubbed by Alan Lomax at Radio Moscow, August 1964. (Notes read: singer Mr. Gurbandury Ienov, accompanied himself on dutar, with gyjak and 2 dutars.) 5. Harvey Porter: Since You Have Disdained Me. Recorded in Salyersville, Kentucky, on October 23, 1937. 6. Almeda Riddle: The Lonesome Dove. Recorded in Greers Ferry, Arkansas, on October 6 or 7, 1959. 7. Primitiva Amado Díaz, Balbina Díaz-Jiménez, and Marcelina Díaz-Jiménez: The Wedding of Inisilla and Brilliante. Recorded in Arroyo de la Luz, Extremadura, Spain on October 4, 1952.

  • In the inaugural episode of "Been All Around This World" we survey Alan Lomax's seven-decade field-recording career, with music from Haiti, Ireland, Mississippi, North Carolina, and the tiny Caribbean island of Carriacou, recorded between 1937 and 1991.


    1. Rara St. Therese: Mwen tètè (I Am Stubborn). Members unidentified. Recorded on March 27, 1937, in Carrefour Dufort, Haiti.2. Tangle Eye (Walter Jackson) with Hard Hat (Willie Lacy), 22 (Benny Will Richardson), and Little Red: When I Went to Leland. Recorded at Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary), Sunflower County, Mississippi, November or December 1947. 3. Margaret Barry: She Moved Through the Fair. Recorded in London, England, on November 1, 1953. 4. Georgia Sea Island Singers (Bessie Jones, John Davis, and Emma Ramsey) with Hobart Smith, Ed Young, and Nat Rahmings: That Suits Me. Recorded at St. Simons Island, Georgia, in April 1960. 5. Belton Sutherland: Blues #2. Recorded at the home of Clyde "Judas" Maxwell, Madison County, Mississippi, on September 3, 1978. 6. Sheila Kay Adams: Dinah. Recorded at the home of Dellie Chandler Norton, Sodom Laurel, Burton Cove, Madison County, North Carolina, September 6-7, 1982.

    7. Winston Fleary: Marullus's speech from Julius Caesar (Act I, Scene I). Recorded during Shakespeare Mas, Carriacou, Grenada, 1991.