Playing tracks by
Fisk Jubilee Singers (1955), Bessemer Sunset Four (1930), Kenneth Benfield (1961), Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger (1984), The Staple Singers (1965) and more.
The second installment in our exploration of the Alan Lomax book of the same name, this time focusing our energies on tradition in gospel and spiritual. Leader-chorus work songs to lighten the load of heavy labor; dancing songs to quicken the spirit on those rare holidays; and spirituals to replace their lost African religions and to console in times of physical torment and spiritual degradation are all captured here, including the stories and lineage behind the original pieces. We'll hear from a diverse selection of performers including The Dixie Jubilee Singers, Odetta, Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Eva Cassidy, and many others.