Global Jukebox releasing Georgia Sea Island Singers in Feb.

By on December 28, 2011

The Alan Lomax Archives digital-only Global Jukebox imprint is excited to
announce the February 7, 2012 release of “Join the Band” by the Georgia
Sea Island Singers.

The Georgia Sea Island Singers were one of the most popular groups on the
1960s and ‘70s folk circuit, performing at colleges, festivals, the Poor
March on Washington, and Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. Join the Band is a
collection of their first stereo recordings, made by Alan Lomax in 1950
and 1960,
that showcases their utterly unique hymns, spirituals, ring shouts, and
work songs. One notes that several of these compositions feature
prominently in the Coen Brother’s film “O Brother Where Art Thou” which
had a crucial impact on the Americana and Avant-Folk movements that arose
in its wake.

Alan Lomax first visited the Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons in June of 1935
with folklorist Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and author Zora Neale Hurston. There
they met the remarkable Singers and recorded several hours of their songs and
dances for the Library of Congress. Returning 25 years later, Lomax found
the group enriched by the addition of Bessie Jones, a South Georgia native
with a massive collection of songs going back to the slavery era.

Join the Band features freshly remastered audio from 24-bit digital
transfers of Alan Lomax’s original tapes and notes by the Alan Lomax
Archive’s Nathan Salsburg and Anna Lomax Wood, who accompanied her father
on the 1960 recordings.

track listing:
1. You Better Mind – Bessie Jones and GSIS
2. O Death – Bessie Jones
3. O Day – Bessie Jones and GSIS
4. Buzzard Lope – Bessie Jones and GSIS
5. Turkle Dove – Bessie Jones and GSIS
6. Adam In The Garden – Willis Proctor and GSIS
7. Sink ‘Em Low – Bessie Jones and GSIS
8. Sometime – Bessie Jones and an unidentified woman
9. See Aunt Dinah – Bessie Jones and GSIS
10. Beulah Land – John Davis, Bessie Jones, GSIS
11. Prayer – John Davis and GSIS
12. Sign of Judgment – Henry Morrison, Bessie Jones, GSIS
13. Join the Band – John Davis, Willis Proctor, GSIS
14. Hop Along, Let’s Get Her – Henry Morrison, John Davis, GSIS
15. Go to Sleepy Little Baby – Bessie Jones
16. Before This Time Another Year – Bessie Jones and GSIS


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.