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Lucius Smith: I'm Goin' Back to Jiles County (1978)
10 Dec 2012
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89-year-old Lucius Smith (vocal and banjo) performs the minstrel tune "I'm Goin' Back to Jiles County," with accompaniment by Jessie Mae Hemphill (off-camera) on tamborine. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Smith's home in Sardis, Mississippi, August 28, 1978. For more videos from the American Patchwork fieldwork and information about Alan Lomax and his collections, visit: http://research.culturalequity.org. [02.12.04]


From 1978 to 1985, Lomax travelled throughout the South collecting recordings in five culture regions — Mississippi Delta and Hill Country, Central and Southern Appalachia, New Orleans, Cajun Louisiana, and Johns Island, S.C. — compiling footage for what would become his "American Patchwork" series of PBS. This clip is drawn from the Mississippi Delta and Hill Country collection. For more about this and the other American Patchwork collections, visit the Alan Lomax Archive's YouTube channel

Documentary Film Folk Music Song Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Culture Heritage Preservation Rural Traditional YORA Archive/Index Field Recording Folklife Interview/Profile Practice Video Lomax: Mississippi Delta and Hill Country (1978) Southeast Academic African American Filmmaker Folklorist Musician Reasearcher Blues Mississippi Song/Dance South
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