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Phil Wiggins and Mark Puryear play “The Midnight Special”

GRAMMY nominee Phil Wiggins and Smithsonian Research Associate Mark Puryear play "The Midnight Special," an American standard popularized by music icon Lead Belly.

Read more about Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Watch Puryear and Wiggins discuss Lead Belly’s legacy and view other videos of Lonnie Bunch considering Lead Belly as a protest singer and of archivist Jeff Place on the box set and Lead Belly’s legacy.