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Drop On Down In Florida: Field Recordings Of African American Traditional Music 1977–1980

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An expanded reissue of a double LP from 1981. The book contains original liner notes with new essays, annotations and 60 images (most of which are published for the first time). The CDs feature all of the recordings from the original double-LP, plus 80 minutes of audio available for the first time.

Based on four years of fieldwork throughout the state, the Florida Folklife Program released the two-album, 27-track LP Drop on Down in Florida: Recent Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music in 1981. The album was intended to highlight African American music traditions for a statewide public audience, blues and sacred traditions in particular. In recent years, the Folklife Program sought the opportunity to produce an expanded reissue of the album that would include previously unissued fieldwork recordings and photos. Dust-to-Digital, an award-winning record label known for specially packaged rereleases of American vernacular music, agreed to release the expanded reissue. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork materials now housed in the State Archives of Florida, the expanded reissue includes nearly 80 new minutes of music on 28 new tracks, plus numerous photos documenting the musicians and communities that perpetuated these traditions.

Notable among the previously unreleased tracks are additional musical selections and personal narratives from one-string musician Moses Williams, four-shape-note Sacred Harp singing from an African American community in the Florida Panhandle, and recordings from the Richard Williams family in the blues and gospel-blues traditions. The reissue also includes new track notes from respected music scholars David Evans and Doris J. Dyen; reflective essays from past and present folklorists with the Florida Folklife Program, including Peggy A. Bulger, Dwight DeVane, Doris J. Dyen, and Blaine Waide; and an extensive essay on African American one-string instrument traditions by David Evans. The 2012 edition, Drop on Down in Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977–1980, highlights the significance of the previously unreleased material. In addition, it calls attention to the importance of the original LP and makes it available once again, this time to a larger audience. compiler bio : Dwight DeVane worked as a folklorist for the Florida Folklife Program from 1977 to 1982, and continued to serve as a folklife consultant until the mid-1980s. Dwight played a leading role in the research, fieldwork, and analysis that resulted in the original 1981 two-album LP, Drop on Down in Florida: Recent Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music. He is currently a musician in Gainesville, Florida. Blaine Waide is the State Folklorist and director of the Florida Folklife Program, a position he has held since November 2010. He is responsible for presenting the folklife, folklore, and folk arts of the state, as documented through an annual fieldwork survey and other activities. He previously served for four-plus years as Managing Editor of Sing Out! magazine, the nation’s oldest folk music magazine.

TRACK LISTING

Disc 1:
1. Robert Dennis – “Early One Foggy Morning”
2. Robert Dennis – “Boogie”
3. Robert Dennis – “Questionnaire Blues” *
4. Robert Dennis – “Mean Mistreater Blues” *
5. Richard Williams – “Tain’t But The One Thing That Grieves My Mind” *
6. Richard Williams – “Baby, Please Don’t Go” *
7. Richard Williams – “Old Forty”
8. Ella Mae Wilson And Richard Williams – “Careless Love”
9. Ella Mae Wilson And Richard Williams – “Polk County Blues”
10. Willie Gillard – “Polk County Blues”
11. Emmett Murray – “Old-Time Rounders”
12. Emmett Murray – “She’s A Fool, She Ain’t Got No Sense”
13. Emmett Murray – “Mobile Blues”
14. Emmett Murray – “I’m Gonna Dig Myself A Hole”
15. Emmett Murray – “I’ll Find My Way” *
16. Emmett Murray – “Drinkin’ Bad Bad Whiskey” *
17. Moses Williams – “I’m From Itta Bena, Mississippi” *
18. Moses Williams – “Rolling And Tumbling”
19. Moses Williams – “Sitting On Top Of The World”
20. Moses Williams – “Mama Got More Out Of Me Away From Home” *
21. Moses Williams – “I Was Natalie Roberta’s Son” *
22. Moses Williams – “Harmonica Solo” *
23. Moses Williams – “Harmonica ‘Hustle’” *
24. Moses Williams – “The Train” *
25. Moses Williams – “Catfish Blues” *
26. Moses Williams – “Come Back, Baby” *
27. Moses Williams – “Apple Farm Blues” *
28. Moses Williams – “13 Highway” *
29. Moses Williams – “Which Way Did My Baby Go?”

Disc 2:
1. Johnny Brown – “That’s All Right”
2. Johnny Brown – “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”
3. Johnny Brown – “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” *
4. Johnny Brown – “He Got The Whole World In His Hand” *
5. Johnny Brown – “I Don’t Know What I’d Do Without The Lord” *
6. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “Motherless Children”
7. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “Do, Lord, Remember Me”
8. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “Trial In Judgment”
9. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “When The Saints Go Marching In (When The Moon Go Down In Blood)”
10. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “You Got To Move” *
11. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “I Knew It Was The Blood” *
12. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “In The Morning” *
13. Ella Mae Wilson, Lillie B. Williams, And Richard Williams – “He’s A Battle Axe” *
14. Testerina Primitive Baptist Church – “I Don’t Know What I’d Do Without The Lord/Did Christ O’er Sinners Weep? (The Weeping Savior)”
15. Miccosukee Church Of God Of Prophecy – “Altar Call/Congregational Prayer/He Set Me Free”
16. Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven-Shape-Note Singing Convention – “God’s Gonna Set The World On Fire”
17. Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven-Shape-Note Singing Convention – “Inside The Pearly Gates”
18. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “The Old Ship Of Zion”
19. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “Florida Storm”
20. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “Service Of The Lord” *
21. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “Sweet Morning” *
22. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed” *
23. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “Pisgah” *
24. Southeast Alabama And Florida Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention – “Parting Hand” *

* Indicates New Recordings Not On Original LP

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