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Show 54 - The 1930 Drought

Show 54 - The 1930 Drought

Your browser does not support the audio tag. In the spring of 1930, a horrible drought began in nearly every Southern state. It was particular tough for those dependent on agricultural work. As supply of crops dwindled, prices dropped with the Depression. People were starving. Mississippi and Arkansas were particular hard hit, so it’s no surprise that there are a few great blues songs about it. Charley Patton recorded Dry Well Blues that year at sessions for Paramount in Grafton Wisconsin focusing on the suffering of folks in his then hometown of Lula, Mississippi:Way down in Lula, I was living at easeWay down in Lula, hard living has done hitLord, your drought come and caught us, and parched up all the treesAw, she stays over in Lula, bid the old town goodbyeStays in Lula, bidding you the town goodbyeWell it would come to know the day, oh, the Lula well was gone dryLord, there are citizens around Lula, all was doing very wellCitizens around Lula, all was doing very wellNow they're