Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967 by George Mitchell

fife and drum picnic in Como, MS. Napolean Strickland on fife. I would totally wear that gal's get up. These are the moments of feeling that I'm nostalgic about, even though they are not from my own personal history.
a young Jessie Mae Hemphill

 If you have any interest in Mississippi hill country blues, I highly recommend George Mitchell's historic photo documentary book about his time spent recording then unknown hill country artists in 1967.  His book also includes interviews with several of the musicians, who give an intimate and honest account of their personal histories. There are so many amazing photos that I would have loved to show you, but I want you to buy the book, which you can buy right here.


  1. Thank you for introducing me to Jessie Mae Hemphill - I'm always on the lookout for amazing lady blues-makers and can't believe I've never heard of her! Her songs have a hypnotic, chant-like quality I find utterly entrancing. I front & write songs for my band here in LA, and it probably goes without saying, to some extent, that it can be rough being taken seriously as a female artist. I wrote this gender-bender-er of a love/hate song for a few of my literary heroes who are also, unfortunately, rather misogynistic - if you find the time to take a listen I hope you enjoy! <3 http://www.sadieandtheblueeyeddevils.com/#!music/cj4u

    1. What fun music, Sadie! Thanks for sharing, and for taking the time to leave a comment. Maybe I'll see ya'll around sometime.

  2. This looks absolutely amazing. I just added it to my cart. I want to give it to my husband this christmas.


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