22 episodes

"Been All Around This World" explores the breadth and depth of folklorist Alan Lomax's seven decades of field recordings. From the earliest trips he made through the American South with his father, John A. Lomax, beginning in 1933, to his last documentary work in the early 1990s, the program will present seminal artists and performances alongside obscure, unidentified, and previously unheard singers and players, from around America and the world, drawn from the Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. It is produced and hosted by Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax Archive at the Association for Cultural Equity, the non-profit research center and advocacy organization that Lomax founded in 1983. (Photo of Alan Lomax by Peter Figlestahler.)

Been All Around This World Alan Lomax Archive

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"Been All Around This World" explores the breadth and depth of folklorist Alan Lomax's seven decades of field recordings. From the earliest trips he made through the American South with his father, John A. Lomax, beginning in 1933, to his last documentary work in the early 1990s, the program will present seminal artists and performances alongside obscure, unidentified, and previously unheard singers and players, from around America and the world, drawn from the Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. It is produced and hosted by Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax Archive at the Association for Cultural Equity, the non-profit research center and advocacy organization that Lomax founded in 1983. (Photo of Alan Lomax by Peter Figlestahler.)

    22 - When I Get Home: Sacred songs from the 1939 Texas recordings

    22 - When I Get Home: Sacred songs from the 1939 Texas recordings

    The last episode of our survey of John A. and Ruby T. Lomax's 1939 Texas recordings features highlights of sacred performances in the collection.1) Eulalia Martinez, Paola Lopez, Genoveva Lopez: Gloria a Diós en las alturas (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63183)(Sugarland, Fort Bend County, Texas, April 23, 1939)2) Gonzalo Lopez, Cleofe Lopez: (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63185)Vela por tu amante (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63185)(Sugarland, Fort Bend County, Texas, April 23, 1939)3) Iron Head Baker: This Heart of Mine (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63200)(Camp #4, Ramsey State Farm, Otey, Brazoria County, Texas, April 23, 1939)4) Columbus Christopher, Wallace Chains, W.S. Harrison (Jaybird), Sylvester Jones (Texas Stavin’ Chain), Wade Bolden (Monkey): Jesus Getting Us Ready for that Great Day (Camp #4, Ramsey State Farm, Otey, Brazoria County, Texas, April 23, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63202)5) Smith Casey & Unidentified man: When I Get Home (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63170)(Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939)6) Unidentified women: It's A Blessing Just to Call My Savior's Name (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63365)(Goree State Farm for Women, Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, May 14, 1939)7) Alvin Brown, William Brown, Terrell Conley, and Eugene Blacker: Ride on King Jesus (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63196)(State Penitentiary (The Walls), Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, May 13, 1939)8) Henry Truvillion: Ride on Mighty Rider (The Mighty Rider) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63423)(The home of Henry Truvillion, Burkeville, Newton County, Texas, May 16, 1939)

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    21 - Songs of Christmas, Midwinter, and New Year

    21 - Songs of Christmas, Midwinter, and New Year

    An admittedly cursory holiday mix presenting performances from our new digital release, "Songs of Christmas, New Year, and Midwinter from the Lomax Collection," available now on the Lomax Archive's Bandcamp page (https://alanlomaxarchive.bandcamp.com/album/songs-of-christmas-midwinter-new-year) as well as the streaming services.We invite you to pair this mix with our older holiday-themed episode (http://culturalequity.org/node/1039), which features other related material (if some occasional overlap) and the complete "Sing Christmas" program. This ambitious radio broadcast was produced by Alan for the BBC on Christmas Day 1951, and featured regional Yuletide traditions transmitted via live hook-ups all across Britain. 1) Vera Ward Hall: No Room at the Inn story / song (The home of Vera Ward Hall, Livingston, Sumter County, Alabama, October 10, 1959). (https://archive.culturalequity.org/solr-search/content/list?search_api_fulltext=no+room+at+the+inn&not_type=&is_type=&sort_by=field_edtf_date_created&sort_order=ASC&items_per_page=75)2) United Sacred Harp Musical Association: Sherburne (56th Annual United Sacred Harp Musical Association Convention, Corinth Baptist Church, Fyffe, Dekalb County, Alabama, September 12, 1959) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/southern-us-1959-and-1960/fyffe-959/sherburne-186)3) Steven Wright: Jingle Bells (New York City, New York, 1950) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/steven-wright-1950/new-york-city-1950/jingle-bells)4) Group from Sangonera la Verde, Murcia: Rondalla (En tu puerta está la Virgen) ( (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen)Monteagudo (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen),  (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen)Murcia (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen),  (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen)Región de Murcia (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen),  (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen)Spain, December 14, 1952) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/spain-1952-1953/monteagudo-1252/en-tu-puerta-esta-la-virgen)5) Alice Gibbs and group: Today, Today is Christmas Day ( (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/dominican-republic-and-sint-eustatius-1967/sint-eustatius-1967/today-today-christmas-0)Sint Eustatius (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/dominican-republic-and-sint-eustatius-1967/sint-eustatius-1967/today-today-christmas-0),  (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/dominican-republic-and-sint-eustatius-1967/sint-eustatius-1967/today-today-christmas-0)Bonaire,

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    20 - Inspiration: Instrumentalists from the 1939 Texas recordings

    20 - Inspiration: Instrumentalists from the 1939 Texas recordings

    Fiddlers, harp blowers, and guitarists recorded by John A. and Ruby T. Lomax during their 1939 Texas field-trip. 1) Frank Goodwyn & Manuel Salinas: Chinese Breakdown (Falfurrias, Brooks County, Texas, April 29, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63265) 2) Lake Porter: The Lost Girl (Falfurrias, Brooks County, Texas, April 29, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63273)3) Lake Porter: Drunken Hiccups (Falfurrias, Brooks County, Texas, April 29, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63268)4) Elmo Newcomer: Rye Whiskey (The home of Elmo Newcomer, Pipe Creek, Bandera County, Texas, May 3, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63345) [see here for Newcomer's later Cro-Mart release (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcPRwNw18d4) of "Rye Whiskey."]5) Elmo Newcomer: The Old Grey Mare (The home of Elmo Newcomer, Pipe Creek, Bandera County, Texas, May 3, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63339)6) Clinton Saathoff, and Otis Evans: Eeph Caught A Rabbit (Pipe Creek, Bandera County, Texas, May 4, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63349)7) Pop Warner: Inspiration (State Penitentiary [The Walls], Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, May 11, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63404)[see here (https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/05/16/a-peek-at-the-golden-age-of-prison-radio#:~:text=In%201938%2C%20as%20the%20Great,strumming%2C%20dancing%2C%20and%20acting) for the fine Marshall Project piece on prison radio, which includes a discussion of "Thirty Minutes Behind the Walls" and the Ace Johnson photo discussed in the episode.]8) Ace Johnson: Rabbit in the Garden (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63164)9) Ace Johnson: Train song (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63178)10) Smith Casey: East Texas Rag, (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63450)11) L.W. Gooden: Clemens Rag (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63452)Bed Music:Wilbert Gilliam: Long Freight Train Blues (State Penitentiary [The Walls], Huntsville,

    • 34 min
    19 - Go to Sleepy Little Baby: Lullabies from the Alan Lomax Collection

    19 - Go to Sleepy Little Baby: Lullabies from the Alan Lomax Collection

    The Lomax Collection reflects a variety of human experience—from the sacred to the profane, from the rural to the urban, and from the public square to the domestic scene. The Lomaxes recorded lullabies all over the...

    • 32 min
    18 - Long Hot Summer Days: Work songs from the 1939 Texas recordings

    18 - Long Hot Summer Days: Work songs from the 1939 Texas recordings

    This second episode exploring the 1939 Texas recordings of John A. and Ruby T. Lomax focuses on work songs: selections of "river songs" sung by Black men incarcerated in the prison-farms of the Texas Department of Corrections, as well as pieces from free-world agricultural settings and the railroad section gang. 1) Alan Lomax interview with Charles Kuralt, 1991 (watch the complete interview here) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdj0pmQMTQI)2) Tommy Woods & group: Go Down Old Hannah (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939)  (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63448)3) Clyde Hill & group: Long Hot Summer Days (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63171) 4) Charles Eckhardt: Calling the animals, (Pipe Creek, Bandera County, Texas, May 4, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63362) 5) Henry Truvillion: calling track (Truvillion’s home, between Newton and Burkeville, Texas, May 16, 1939 (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63419)) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63419)6) Jose Suarez: Cotton-pickers corrido (The home of J.K. Wells, Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, April 26, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63235)7) John Lowey Goree, Who Curled Your Hair, Who Combed Your Bangs (At Goree's home, 2908 Jackson St, Houston, Harris County, Texas, April 12, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63131) 8) Mose “Clear Rock” (or “Wyandotte”) Platt: Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos (Hotel Blazilmar, 107 Porter Street, Taylor, Williamson County, Texas, May 10, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63382) 9) Unidentified men: Hammer Ring (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63176) Bed MusicSmith Casey: East Texas Rag ( (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63450)Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, Texas, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63450)Elmo Newcomer: Unfortunate Puppy ( (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63344)The home of Elmo Newcomer, Pipe Creek, Bandera County, Texas, May 13, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63344)

    • 33 min
    17 - Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: Introducing John A. and Ruby T. Lomax's 1939 Texas recordings

    17 - Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: Introducing John A. and Ruby T. Lomax's 1939 Texas recordings

    Between 1933 and 1946, John A. Lomax made some 80 hours of recordings in the state of Texas, his home state. (John was born in Mississippi in 1867, but his family moved to rural Bosque County, Texas, near Waco, just after his second birthday.) It’s a massive amount of material, reflecting an extraordinary diversity of vernacular traditions, and featuring the first and last recordings that John made. We’ve labored for quite a few years to secure the funding to digitize, catalog, and make available the collection in its entirety, but have to date come up short. In 2020 our colleagues at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center kindly provided us with the transfers they’d done some years earlier of the ten hours of Texas recordings that John and his second wife Ruby Terrill Lomax (“Miss Terrill,” as he always called her) made in the spring of 1939—our idea being that this discrete collection could function as a representative sample of all the Lomax Texas material while we continue our efforts to digitally preserve and make the entirety available. With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, we digitally cataloged all of the ‘39 recordings and prepared the catalog for inclusion in the Lomax Digital Archive, where they are now available for your exploration and enjoyment (here (https://archive.culturalequity.org/field-work/texas-1939)). 1. Charles Eckhardt, Otis Evans, and Clinton Saathoff: The Fox and the Hounds (Pipe Creek, Bandera County, May 4, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63346)2. Gonzalo and Cleofe Lopez: La vida de los arrieros (The life of the muleteers) (The home of Gonzalo Lopez, Sugarland, Fort Bend County, April 23, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63193)3. Lake Porter: Black Jack Grove (The home of Lake Porter, Falfurrias, Brooks County, April 29, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63271)4. Elmo Newcomer: Glory to the Meetinghouse (Mabel) (The home of Elmo Newcomer, Pipe Creek, Bandera County, May 3, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63336)5. Shirley Duggan Lomax: Crows in the Garden (Calloway Ranch, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Calloway, Comanche, Comanche County, May 7, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63378)6. Sylvester Jones (Texas Stavin’ Chain) and Wallace Chains: My Mother Keeps On Praying for Me (Camp #4, Ramsey State Farm, Otey, Brazoria County, April 23, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63203)7. Smith Casey: Shorty George (Dormitory, Clemens State Farm, Brazoria, Brazoria County, April 16, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63173)8. Hattie Ellis w/ Cowboy Jack Ramsey: Desert Blues (Goree State Farm For Women, Huntsville, Walker County, May 14, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63409)9. Francisco Leal & Agapito Salinas: La Potranquita (The Little Filly) (At the home of Rev. William A. Moye and his wife Carmen Taffinder Moye, Kingsville, May 2, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63311)10. E.A. Briggs: Sam Sherman’s Barroom (The home of Beal D. Taylor, Medina, Bandera County, May 5, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63354)11. Frank Goodwyn: Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (Falfurrias, Brooks County, April 29, 1939) (https://archive.culturalequity.org/node/63278)12. Manuela Longoria: Love Song (El Sentimiento) (The home of Manuela Longoria, Brownsville, Cameron County, April 24,

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44 Ratings

mountainsofmoss ,

One-of-a-kind

Seeing this fine podcast back in my feed for a second season was like a small gift as I began my commute this morning. Host Salsburg takes a lot of care in his preparation and delivery of some of the most unique content currently offered in the podosphere. While Season 1 seemed to take a ‘less talk more rock’ approach, this first episode of Season 2 goes a more in-depth on the history behind the musical selections and how they came to be heard by lucky folks like you and me. As someone who has spent a good deal of time with the Lomax recordings, I really appreciate this additional context and insight from someone who is directly linked to the all of the work that goes into preserving and presenting the archive. Well done.

Odysseus711 ,

Well done

Keep up the great work, Nathan. Can’t wait to hear more!

Mr.Ishtar ,

Excellent presentation of essential music

A fun and detailed exploration of Lomax’s important work! I’m looking forward to more episodes.

As an audio engineer (I run the Orchard Recording Studio Podcast), I’m very interested in the equipment that Lomax chose to travel with throughout the decades. Just in case you can cover any of that. :)

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