This record encapsulates the life's work of William Ferris - an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the roots of the blues. This LP features blues and gospel field recordings made by Wil/liam Ferris between 1966 and 1974. All tracks are available on vinyl for the very first time. track listing>SIDE A 1. Scott Dunbar - "Lil' Liza Jane" 2. Mississippi Fred McDowell - "Big Fat Mama" 3. Louis Dotson - "Bottle Blowing" 4. Scott Dunbar - "Jaybird" 5. James "Son Ford" Thomas - "Cairo" 6. Inmates at Parchman Farm - "Water Boy Drowned in the Mobile Bay"SIDE B 1. Mississippi Fred McDowell - "I Got a Letter from Hot Springs" 2. Lovey Williams - "I'm Standing in the Safety Zone" 3. Mary Alice and Alan McGowan - "My Mother's on that Train" 4. Reverend Ott and Family - "You Don't Knock, You Just Walk On In" 5. Walter Lee Hood - "They Tell Me of an Uncloudy Day" 6. Mary and Amanda Gordon - "Lord, I'm in Your Hand" 7. James "Son Ford" Thomas - "Cemetery Conversations"