Gee’s Bend Day One
Posted in Honey on 12.06.04

I’m going to do a series of posts this week focusing on the Gee’s Bend recordings from 2002 and 1941. However, due to time I won’t be able to introduce the recordings until tommorrow, but here is a quick introduction and a couple of songs.

(Essie Bendolph Pettway and Mary Lee Bendolph)

Gee’s Bend is a small community in Alabama of quilt makers. There quiltmaking and singing are very much intertwined with their relgion, these songs normally sung while making quilts were recorded in 2002 as part of a great exhibt that showcased their quilts but also their voices.

  • Mary Lee Bendolph and Essie Bendolph Pettway – The Days Are Past And Gone
  • Georgiana B. Pettway with Creola B. Pettway and Arlonzia Pettway – You Can’t Hide (Death’s Got A Warrant)
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    By guanoboy on 12.06.04 4:33 pm

    wow…wonderful…I’m really looking forward to this week. Let us know where you can purchase this stuff!

    Very powerful stuff. A lot of emotion in there.


    By Joe on 12.06.04 5:15 pm

    Wow, these are great. Reminds me of the incredible Vol. 2 of the Folkways “Wade in the Water” series, featuring congregational singing.

    Keep up the great work on this blog…

    By Paul Irish on 12.10.04 12:48 am

    These are fantastic. Incredible.
    Thank you.

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