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Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 3: Rich Amerson--1

Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 3: Rich Amerson--1

American folklorist Harold Courlander compiled this series in an attempt to break the caricature of black music that was popular in America during the 1950s. Many aspects of the distinct musical styles presented can be traced back to their roots in traditional African music, including the use of handclapping, responsive singing, and falsetto voice. This third volume presents a glimpse into the prophetic mind of Rich Amerson, a rural blues and folk musician, who tells stories of ethics and the old South, Earth and animals, the sermons of nature and human emotions as they have the ability to transcend poverty. This album demonstrates Amerson's belief that "when life is big, music is big."

Liner notes include an explanation of the various influences that helped shape African American music from this time period, as well as a brief biography of Rich Amerson and the album's complete song texts.

Track Listing

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Railroad-Lining Track Rich Amerson 3:18
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102
Texas Sandstorm Rich Amerson 2:08
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103
John Henry Rich Amerson and Earthy Anne Coleman 8:01
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104
Chicago and Rome Rich Amerson 1:55
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105
Challenge to the Doctor Rich Amerson 2:49
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106
Draft Board Rich Amerson 2:27
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107
River, Creek, Sun, Moon Rich Amerson 0:56
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201
The Champion Rich Amerson 5:01
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202
Brer Rabbit Tales Rich Amerson 13:50
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Sermonizing Rich Amerson 2:51
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