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Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

This site, developed by the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, draws on the voluminous collection of recordings made by John and Ruby Lomax on their three-month trip across the American South in 1939. The pair traveled over 6,500 miles and, along the way, recorded approximately 25 hours of folk music from over 300 performers. These gems of American musical culture include fiddle tunes, cowboy songs, field hollers, lullabies, and spirituals. As with previous American Memory collections, users can search the entire collection by keyword, along with subject, performer, and song text. Additionally, the site features biographical sketches of John and Ruby Lomax, a map of the region covered by the pair, and 307 pages of fieldnotes. Finally, the site also has a special thematic presentation that contains a detailed itinerary of their travels, complete with hyperlinks to songs recorded along the way.
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March 28th, 2003
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April 17th, 2003 at 12:22pm
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April 17th, 2003 at 12:22pm
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