Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues

By William Ferris | Go to book overview

CD AND DVD NOTES
The following is a list of the original music and film that can be found on the cd and dvd that accompany this book.
CD

ROOTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI
BLUES
1. Joe “Poppa Rock” Louis, “Why B. B. King Sings the Blues,” 0:35* Recorded by William R. Ferris at WOKJ, Jackson, June 28, 1974
2. Sonny Boy Williams, “Going Down to the Station,” 3:09 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Leland, July 1968
3. Lovey Williams, “Going Away Blues,” 2:38 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Morning Star, December 1963
4. The Chapman Family led by Fannie Bell Chapman, “So Glad to Be Here,” 3:58 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Jackson, June 16, 1972
5. The Chapman Family led by Velma Chapman, “He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield,” 3:46 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Jackson, June 16, 1972
6. Inmates at Camp B, Parchman Penitentiary, “Lazarus,” 2:46 Recorded by William R. Ferris at Parchman Penitentiary in Lambert, July 15, 1968
7. Anonymous, “Hidden Violence,” 1:02 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Clarksdale, August 1968
8. Inmates at Camp B, Parchman Penitentiary, “Oh Rosie,” 2:58 Recorded by William R. Ferris at Parchman Penitentiary in Lambert, July 15, 1968
9. Southland Hummingbirds, “There Are Days,” 2:57 (Robert Ballinger, Songs of Universal Inc., BMI) Recorded by William R. Ferris in Lula, July 3, 1968
10. Mary Gordon, “You Shall Be Free,” 1:26* Recorded by William R. Ferris in Vicksburg, June 29, 1974
11. James “Son Ford” Thomas, “You Can’t Carry Blues and Go to Church,” 0:53 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Leland, July 1968
12. Lee Kizart, “I Got the World in a Jug and the Stopper in My Hand,” 2:35 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Tutwiler, July 28, 1967
13. Jasper Love, “It Gives Me Ease,” 1:05 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Clarksdale, August 1968
14. James “Son Ford” Thomas, “Highway 61 Blues,” 2:51* Recorded by William R. Ferris in New Haven, February 27, 1974
15. Scott Dunbar, “It’s So Cold Up North,” 3:41 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Woodville, Summer 1968
16. Arthur Lee Williams, “Blues Is Round You Every Day,” 0:34 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Birdie, July 1968
17. Lovey Williams, “Mystery Train (Train I Ride),” 2:21 (Herman Parker Jr.–Sam C. Phillips, Unichappell Music Inc./Hi-Lo Music Inc., BMI) Recorded by William R. Ferris in Morning Star, Summer 1968
18. Napoleon Strickland (vocal and fife), with Bernice Turner (bass drum) and Otha Turner (snare drum), “Somebody Knocking On My Door,” 2:16 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Jackson, March 1972
19. Scott Dunbar, “Jaybird,” 8:51 Recorded by William R. Ferris in Woodville, Summer 1968
20. Lovey Williams, “Boogie Chillun,” 1:49* (John Lee Hooker–Bernard Bessman, Universal Music–Careers, BMI) Recorded by William R. Ferris in Morning Star, January 2, 1967
21. Reverend Isaac Thomas, “One Drop,” 2:20* Recorded by William R. Ferris at Rose Hill Church in Vicksburg, June 30, 1974
22. James “Son Ford” Thomas, “Cairo Blues,” 4:28 (Melvin Jackson, Tradition Music Co., BMI) Recorded by William R. Ferris in Leland, Summer 1968

*Tracks 1, 10, 14, 20, and 21 were previously unreleased.

All tracks were remastered from the original 1/4 open-reel field tapes except tracks 15, 17, 19, and 22, which were mastered from vinyl.

Original compositions and arrangements published by Drop Top Music (BMI). Other tracks traditional/public domain except as noted.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents viii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Blues Roots 11
  • Rose Hill 13
  • Lake Mary 29
  • Lorman 47
  • Centreville 57
  • Gravel Springs 67
  • Parchman Penitentiary 77
  • Tutwiler 89
  • A Delta Road in Coahoma County 98
  • Blues Towns and Cities 103
  • Leland 105
  • Clarksdale 143
  • Wokj, Jackson 160
  • Beale Street 170
  • Looking Back 175
  • Willie Dixon 177
  • B. B. King 185
  • Sacred and Secular Worlds 203
  • Rose Hill Church 205
  • Clarksdale 222
  • Epilogue 255
  • Selected Bibliography, Discography, Filmography, and Websites 259
  • Index 291
  • H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series 299
  • CD and Dvd Notes 301
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