To most people Mississippi remains both familiar and exotic. The birthplace of Muddy Waters, Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson, William Faulkner, Elvis Presley and Leontyne Price, its influence is felt everywhere, yet it remains shrouded in mystery, rich in legend.
It was a place of Native heritage and early exploration (at various times "claimed" by France, Spain and England), a major player in the Civil War and its aftermath and a battleground in the civil rights struggle. Mississippi blues musicians (Son House, Charlie Patton, Booker White, John Hurt, etc.) were well represented in the commercial recordings of the '20's and 30's, and rural traditions were documented by the WPA and Lomax projects in the '30's and beyond.
As place influences culture, culture influences place. Mississippi's music has radiated to the whole country for generations and continues to do so today. The shape for this opening concert in Chico Schwall's 2017-18 American Roots series will be geographical rather than chronological. We'll travel Mississippi's colorful territory (the Yazoo Delta, forests and hill country) and equally colorful place names (Tupelo, Avalon, Biloxi, Meridian, etc) and collect the scraps to make a big patchwork quilt of story and song.
Chico is joined by Alli Bach, Corwin Bolt and Josh Britten.
, vocals, banjo, fiddle, lap steel, accordion, guit.
Alli Bach, vocals, autoharp, accordion, danceCorwin Bolt
, guitar, banjo, bass
| ||Pony Blues|
Originally recorded by Charley Patton
| ||Indian War Whoop|
Music by Hoyt Ming
Originally recorded by Floyd Ming and his Pep Steppers
| ||Heartbreak Hotel|
Words & music by Elvis Presley, Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden
|Featured composers, lyricists, creators|
Carter Brothers, -
Namour and Smith, -
The Ray Brothers, -
The Mississippi Sheiks, -
Hoyt Ming, -
Floyd Ming and his Pep Steppers, -
Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters, -
Thadeus C. Willingham, -
Walter Jacobs, -
Jerome Green, -
Charley Patton, 1891-1934
The Masked Marvel, 1891-1934
Mississippi John Hurt, 1892-1966
Blind Willie Johnson, 1897-1945
Son House, 1902-1988
Booker White, 1909-1977
Robert Johnson, 1911-1938
Muddy Waters, 1913-1983
Mae Boren Axton, 1914-1997
Tommy Durden, 1919-1999
Gene Autry, 1907-1998
Elvis Presley, -
Jimmie Rodgers, 1897-1933
traditional U. S., -