Alan Lomax Collection


Ain't been able to get back home no more (Rosie)

Other Form of Name

Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002


T889R01; FRID (Lomax Number) 4125

Creation Date



Parchman (Miss.); Sunflower County (Miss.)


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In 1959 and 1960, Alan Lomax revisited the American South to record the still-living stream of traditional music in newly developed stereo sound. The collection features some of the region's most representative musicians and styles: Delta blues guitarists, fife-and-drum ensembles, Sacred Harp singers, Ozark and Appalachian ballad singers, and prison work gangs. Performers include Sidney Carter, Vera Ward Hall, Sid and Rose Hemphill, Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers, Wade Ward, Willie Jones, Mississippi Fred McDowell, J.E. Mainer, Neil Morris, E.C. Ball, Almeda Riddle, Hobart Smith, and Ed Young. English folksinger Shirley Collins assisted Alan Lomax on the 1959 trip, and his daughter, Anna Lomax Wood, helped him on the 1960 trip. The endeavor resulted in a seven-album series issued on Altantic Records in 1960, reissued on CD as Sounds of the South, and in a twelve-volume series on Prestige International, reissued in 1997 on Rounder Records as the Southern Journey series of the Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder 1701-1713).

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Blues (Music); Blues musicians

Relational Format

audio recording



Original Collection

Alan Lomax Recordings


Parchman 9/59 (Camp B). Lomax Classification: holler; prison song; work song. Lomax Collection Title: Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960. Session Note: Work songs and hollers recorded at Camp B at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm (editor's note).


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