Various Artists - Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick 58–71

 (6 LP Box Set + 128 Page Book)


Smithsonian Folkways



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Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick, 1958-1971!

Six LP Box Set includes a 128-page book

Blues documentarian compiles music from Texas' Black and Latino roots!

Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick, 1958-1971 is the first compilation of music drawn from the fabled collection of McCormick, a devotee of the blues — all 590 reels of sound recordings and 165 boxes of manuscripts, original interviews and research notes, thousands of photographs and negatives, playbills, and posters — which indelibly documents a pivotal moment in African American history. It features never-before-heard performances not only from musicians who became icons in their own right — including Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb — but also, crucially, performers whose names may be unfamiliar to even the most devoted blues fans and scholars.

Newly mastered recordings and accompanying photographs bring to life many of these forgotten figures: offering insight into their lives and illuminating in new, enlightening ways their joys and anguish, deep social connections, distinctive voices, and cultural networks. The collection spans gospels, ragtime, country blues dirges, the unclassifiable music of George "Bongo Joe" Coleman, and more, showing that no community, no matter how tight knit, is monolithic.

Accompanying the music is a 128-page book, which contains breathtaking photographs by McCormick and his associates, as well as contextual essays by producers Jeff Place and John Troutman on McCormick's life, and by musicians Mark Puryear and Dom Flemons on some of the marginalized communities throughout "Greater Texas" to which McCormick devoted his life's work. This release is a partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Mojo Hand - Lightnin' Hopkins
God Moves on the Water - Mance Lipscomb
The Clinton - Robert Shaw
Sugar Blues - Kid Wiggins
St. James Infirmary - Dudley Alexander and Washboard Band
Darlin' (You Know I Love You) - Cedell Davis
You Gonna Look Like a Monkey - Dennis Gainus
One Room Country Shack - Grey Ghost
Groceries on My Shelf (Piggly Wiggly) - Edwin "Buster" Pickens
3 O'Clock Blues - Hop Wilson
Anything from a Foot Race to a Resting Place - Jealous James Stanchell
Salty Dog Rag - James Tisdom
Goin' to the River - Gozy Kilpatrick
Quills - Joe Patterson
Ma Pa Cut the Cake - Lightnin' Hopkins
Crazy About Oklahoma - Otis Cook
Little Red Rooster - Grey Ghost
My Work Will Be Done - the Spiritual Light Gospel Group
Steel Guitar Rag - James Tisdom
Tall Angel at the Bar - Mance Lipscomb
This Whole World's in a Sad Condition - George "Bongo Joe" Coleman
World's in a Tangle - Lightnin' Hopkins
Someday Baby - Robert Shaw
It's Alright - Cedell Davis
Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay - R.C. Forest and Gozy Kilpatrick
China Tea - Allen Van
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - George "Bongo Joe" Coleman
Tom Moore's Farm - Lightnin' Hopkins
Tom Moore's Farm - Mance Lipscomb
Don't Do Me No Small Favors (Help the Bear) - Jealous James Stanchell
Fox Chase - Billy Bizor
Black Widow Spider Blues - R.C. Forest
Come and Go with Me to That Land - Hardy Gray
Rollin' and Tumblin' - Cedell Davis
Train Roll Up - Leroy "Country" Johnson with Edwin "Buster" Pickens
Shorty George - Edwin "Buster" Pickens
Matchbox Blues - Joel Hopkins
It's My Life Baby - Blues Wallace
Hello Central, Gimme 209 - Andrew Everett
Bad Lee Brown - Jim Wilkie
Tin Can Alley Blues - R.C. Forest and Gozy Kilpatrick
Medicine Show Pitch - Murl "Doc" Webster
So Different Blues - Mance Lipscomb
I Feel So Good - James Tisdom
Mr. Charlie - Lightnin' Hopkins
The Ma Grinder - Edwin "Buster" Pickens
Deep Ellum Blues - Paul Elliott
K.C. Ain't Nothing But a Rag - Andrew Everett
Lonesome Road - Kid Wiggins
Old Judge Blues - Dennis Gainus
The Slop - Melvin "Jack" Jackson and Lightnin' Hopkins
Corrine, Corrina - Lightnin' Hopkins
Talking Blues - Jimmy Womack
Good Times Here, Better Times Down the Road - Joel Hopkins
Put Me in the Alley - Robert Shaw
Auctioneer - Walter Britten
Runaway - Hardy Gray
Broke and Hungry - Hop Wilson
Big Road Blues - Mager Johnson
Casey Jones - Mance Lipscomb
Atomic Energy - Jimmy Womack
Natural Born Lover - Long Gone Miles with Lightnin' Hopkins and Love Crazy
Swanee River Boogie - E.B. Busby
Rock Me Baby - Long Gone Miles
Blues Jumped a Rabbit - Lightnin' Hopkins

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