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Posted in 1930s,Country Blues,Field Recording,Honey on 07.13.06

I’ve noticed the wonderful influx of readers from metafilter and related sites today, I hope ya’ll enjoy the site – and add it to all of your favorite web 2.0 reading lists. RSS feeds are here.

Alan Lomax recorded Sampson Pittman in 1938 on one of his field recording trips to Detroit, Michigan, a trip that also produced Calvin Frazier. Pittman wasn’t from Michigan, but Arkansas which is referenced often in his songs, but also in his country and delta influenced guitar playing. Pittman’s voice in incredible, both in his power and clarity, which is a real rarity when listening to blues musicians of his age. His only recorded songs are from these Lomax recordings which were collected as “Devil Is Busy” which is far out of print now. They can found on the questionably titled ” Detroit Blues: Blues from the Motor City 1938-1954.”

Samson Pittman – Joe Louis

Samson Pittman – I Been Down In The Circle Before

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By SeƱor Pantalones on 07.14.06 12:06 pm

I’m one of the readers who discovered this site through metafilter. Thanks for sharing this site with us.


By Daryl Foushee on 10.12.06 11:03 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but i think that is Willei Brown backing up on Joe Louis. Whaddu think?


By Tomski on 09.19.10 2:13 pm

I’m a huge fan of this site – thanks very much for all the hard work. I recently found these sides compiled on a record called ‘I’m in the highway man – Calvin Frazier & Sampson Pittman’s 1938 Detroit Field Recording’ on the English label Flyright Records. It was in a second hand junkshop and looks like it was originally released in 1980. The 8 minute epic ‘Brother Low-Down and Sister Doo-Dad’ is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard!




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