Mississippi Records
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Darby and Tarlton
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$15

"Some of the more blues inflected country performances of the late 1920's - early 1930's were made by Darby and Tarlton. This LP is a collection of some of their finest tunes. Very popular in their time, the pair recorded tons of blues, country ballads, & standards. Jimmy Tarlton's voice soars in the higher registers while Tom Darby holds it down with his almost droney low registered voice. Both play some fancy slide guitar work that veers towards the Hawaiian sound to accompany these severe emotional duets. Limited one time pressing of 500 copies, housed in a beautiful silk screened cover." - Mississippi. Label is sold out; last copies. Hear their Slow Wicked Blues.

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Nancy Dupree
Ghetto Reality
Mississippi
LP
$9

"Nancy Dupree initially found her elementary school music students in Rochester, NY, resistant to participation in class. Once she dropped the standard literature (which asked 'Mr. Bear' to 'come and play') and began composing music that bore relevancy to contemporary society and to their very tuned-in and grownup interests, she found they immediately took to performing. Her songs addressed the contributions icons James Brown and Jelly Roll Morton made to society, the intangible assets each child naturally possessed ('What do I have? Guts...heart...and soul'), and fighting for civil rights ('I want my freedom; I want it now'). Not only did singing about meaningful issues in real musical styles reveal the immense talents the students had, but it gave all a critical lesson in empowerment." - Smithsonian/Folkways. Hear James Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzWAylk7G5Y

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Eureka Brass Band
Dirges
Mississippi
LP
$13

"Recorded in a New Orleans alley on a Sunday afternoon in 1951. This is a truly unique field recording of a Jazz band playing dirges intended as a soundtrack to the parade to the graveyard during a traditional New Orleans funeral. It's beautiful mesmerizing music and about as deep as it gets. The Eureka Brass band played hundreds of funerals - dirges to the graveyard and raucous joyous sounds on the way out. Here we have just the dirges. Some of the finest trombone, trumpet, sousaphone, clarinet, sax, and drumming you're likely to ever hear. Songs include Fallen Hero, West Lawn Dirge, Garland of Flowers, and Eternity. A co-release with Singasong Fighter records." - Mississippi. Love this music. Hear West Lawn Dirge.

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Harmonica Frank Floyd
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$15

"One of the more curious country / blues / early rock n' roll performers - here we have a collection of all of the recordings of Harmonica Frank made between 1951 & 1954. Frank plays many types of folk music and is a mimic, effortlessly switching from humorous hillbilly ballads to deep country blues.  With his self-taught harmonica technique, he was a one-man band, able to play the instrument without his hands or the need for a neck brace. While also playing guitar, he perfected a technique of manipulating the harmonica with his mouth while he sang out of the other side. He could also play harmonica with his nose and thus play two harmonicas at once. On this LP we find early proto rock and roll, country blues, weird humorous recitations (with generous "eephing" solos), and some country music. This record might be difficult for some to listen to...Limited one time pressing of 500 copies, housed in a beautiful silkscreened sleeve." - Mississippi. Label is sold out; last copies. Hear Howlin' Tomcat.

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Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney
On the Water's Edge
Mississippi
LP
$13

"Twelve great songs recorded by two of Cajun musics finest and most unusual artists: Blind Uncle Gaspard & Delma Lachney. All songs originally released on 78 in the late 1920's. Fragile and dignified performances with French vocals accompanied by guitar or fiddle or sometimes both. Impeccable ballads and breakdowns. Old school 'tip on' cover." - Mississippi. Truly sublime music, an absolutely wonderful collection. Hear Blind Uncle Gaspard's Natchitoches (French Town) & Delma Lachney's Le Bebe Et Le Gambleur (The Baby And The Gambler).

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Lum Guffin
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$14

“Lum Guffin has been called 'The Walking Victrola' - a human depository of many musical styles and songs. This LP features great performances recorded [by Bengt Olsson] in the early 1970's of Lum - playing guitar and singing. His style is distinctive and beautiful. A true great of the blues genre who has been seldom heard. We are proud to present this beautiful limited edition of his material with a silk screened cover (4 different color variations have been made - you will get a random selection when ordering).  A co-release with the king of blues reissues labels - Sutro Park.” - Mississippi. Hear Jack of Diamonds. Read the notes to his original Walking Victrola LP via Stefan Wirz's indispensable website: http://www.wirz.de/music/flyright/grafik/503b4.jpg

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Jessie Mae Hemphill
s/t
Mississippi
LP
$15

Jessie Mae Hemphill was one of the great musicians from northern Mississippi. Kin to the also legendary Sid Hemphill and Rosa Lee Hill, she played in fife-and-drum bands as a young woman and the experience seems to have influenced the hypnotic rhythms and “endless boogie” nature of her sound. She had a bit of a flirtatious delivery, with language that isn’t necessarily coy, but a tone that suggests a genuine, youthful vim. RL Boyce is a very noteworthy addition to a few tracks, with a joyous drumming style with a loose, almost free groove that is a perfect accent to Hemphill’s songs. It’s a great sound that has aged extremely well, and her music thankfully continues to find many new welcoming ears. This compilation draws mainly from her She Wolf & Feelin’ Good albums that were cut in the 1980s, plus a couple scattered tracks. Co-release with Moi J'Connais, who originally issued this collection some years back. Hear Shake It, Baby.

This very fine documentary has terrific footage of her, Jessie “Chip” Daniels (at 13:35 & 19:35), RL Boyce, Napolian Strickland, Compton Jones (at 24:26), & more: https://youtu.be/OaevRGENk3g
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Michael Hurley
Armchair Boogie
Mississippi
LP
$15

"Improved version complete with a comic book and an old school 'tip on' cover.  Michael Hurley's most popular album, and with good reason. Contains all time classics such as Werewolf, Sweedeedee, Troubled Waters, Open Up and more. Recorded in 1970. The real deal as it was meant to be heard and seen." - Mississippi. Hear the beautiful Sweedeedee.

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Michael Hurley
Hi-Fi Snock Uptown
Mississippi
LP
$14

“Reissue of Hurley's 3rd LP. Originally recorded in 1972, this record finds Hurley exploring the full range of his stylistic canon and features some of his most loved songs such as Water Train, The Twilight Zone, Eyes Eyes, and Blue Driver. Remastered from the original tapes.” - Mississippi. Hear Blue Driver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvIW2mnVWmE

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Little Bob and the Lollipops
Nobody But You
Mississippi
LP
$13

"Great retrospective of Lil Bob and the Lollipops' discography. Classic Louisiana swamp soul/ R&B, recorded in the early to mid 1960's. Includes the popular dance floor fillers 'I Got Loaded' and 'Stop' as well as some real beautiful obscurities. Ballads and stompers to make life better. Old school 'tip on' cover." - Mississippi. Hear I Got Loaded.

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Mississippi Fred McDowell
The Alan Lomax Recordings
Mississippi
LP
$13

“The first ever recordings of Fred McDowell!  Recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959. The first vinyl release dedicated entirely to this phenomenal recording session. 12 songs that highlight the depth of his repertoire - from droning & hypnotic versions of songs that later became blues standards such as ‘Shake Em On Down’ & ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’ to his deeply felt renditions of spirituals like ‘Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning’. Accompanied at times by some amazing hair comb playing & beautiful backup vocals. Comes in an old school ‘tip on’ sleeve with liner notes by Nathan Salsburg. A co-release with our friends Domino Sound. The stuff of dreams.” – Mississippi. Hear Shake 'em on Down, with Miles Pratcher on second guitar & Fannie Davis on comb.

See also this very fine PBS documentary on McDowell.

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Mississippi Fred McDowell
The Alan Lomax Recordings
Mississippi
cassette
$6

Cassette issue of Mississippi Records' collection of Mississippi Fred McDowell's unimpeachable first recordings, made by Alan Lomax. Hear Shake 'em on Down, with Miles Pratcher on second guitar & Fannie Davis on comb.

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Isaiah Owens
You Without Sin Cast the First Stone
Mississippi
LP
$9

Very welcome vinyl version of Isaiah Owens' CD on CaseQuarter, which turned quite a few heads upon release in 2004. "In the early 1990s, Isaiah Owens ended a distinguished 40-year career singing lead with the gospel quartet the Flying Clouds of Montgomery, Alabama in order to focus on solo performance. Early in the 1980s, Owens had begun to teach himself guitar and he soon began sitting in on local AM gospel radio broadcasts, most notably with the Montgomery Gospelaires and later with Ann Talbert’s Cheerful Angels program. Always known for his dynamic vocals and piercing falsetto, Owens augmented the initial chords he taught himself with extremely loud volume. Along with emphasizing the rhythmic over the traditionally musical, Owens was not afraid to incorporate dissonance into his playing. The merging of Owens’ unique guitar style with his accomplished vocals makes for an intriguing and original musical experience truly not heard anywhere else in the gospel world." - CaseQuarter. "Gospel meets blues at the level of raw passion in the songs of Isaiah Owens. ... he sings in a voice that rasps like a preacher and leaps into serrated falsetto, letting loose gospel fervor as an exalted frenzy." - The New York Times. Hear clips of I'll Fly Away & You Without Sin.

Sadly, Bro. Owens passed on March 19, 2017. 50 Miles of Elbow Room is grateful to be among those who came together to produce what unfortunately turned out to be Isaiah's only NYC concerts, back in 2004. Tyler Bell's "Pray and Get Ready" documents this trip: https://vimeo.com/50418242

It's not credited on the sleeve, but Yancey Allison took the beautiful photos found on the front & back covers.

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S. E. Rogie
The Sounds of S. E. Rogie, Vol. 1
Mississippi
LP
$8

“Legendary Palm wine guitarist S. E. Rogie’s early work. Truly beautiful songs from the 1960s ranging from sweet acoustic solo numbers to blazing full band electric music. S. E. Rogie had a long & pioneering career in Sierra Leone. His songs are some of the most beautiful ever - gentle & lilting timeless melodies. One of the greats. A co-release with our friends at the Domino Sound label.” - Mississippi. Hear Twist with the Morningstars.

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Various Artists
Ghost Memories
Mississippi
LP
$13

"The long awaited sequel to our Six Feet Under compilation! Absolute killer country and rock and roll songs from the late 1950's - early 1960's. Minor chords abound in both rocking tunes and straight up weepers. The real stuff - no goofy novelties or commercial palp. Honest people's music. All incredibly hard to find tunes from small label 45s." - Mississippi. Hear Willie Hays' Walkin' the Streets After Dark & Harold L & the Offbeats' Three Years.

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Various Artists
I'm in a Strange Town
Mississippi
LP
$13

"Compilation of top notch Gospel and blues recorded between 1927 and 1967. A mix of very well known artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Gary Davis, and Robert Wilkins and more obscure folks like John Lee and Charles White. A record filled with some of Mississippi Records favorite recordings - ripping guitar work outs, soulful ballads, loping drunken jug bands and more. All songs are on the theme of travel, death, and transcendence." - Mississippi. Hear Rev. Charles White's How Long, a personal favorite.

Track listing:
Rev. Charles White - How Long
John Lee - Down at the Depot
Two Gospel Keys - I Love Traveling
Rev. Utah Smith - Two Wings
Mr. Montgomery - I've Been Down
Rev. Gary Davis - Death Don't Have No Mercy
Memphis Jug Band - Stealin' Stealin'
Blind Lemon Jefferson - Matchbox Blues
Robert Wilkins - I Do
Cannon's Jug Stompers - Poor Boy
Charley Patton - Prayer of Death, parts 1 & 2
Washington White - New Frisco Train

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Various Artists
My Intention is War / Seven Skeletons Found in the Yard
Mississippi
cassette
$7

"Two Mississippi compilations of calypso classics from Trinidad recorded between 1928 & 1948 on one tape! My Intention is War is a compilation with well known masters of the form such as The Roaring Lion, Attila the Hun, Lionel Belasco, & Lord Invader, as well as by some lesser known but great artists. Minor chord intense meditations on death, beautiful & fragile instrumentals, topical & poetic songs, and more. Songs include The Horrors of War, African War Call, When I Lay Me Body Down in the Grave, Exploiting, Inequality of Life and Death. Seven Skeletons Found in the Yard songs include When You Hear I Die, In the Dew and the Rain, Hojoe, Jimby's Ingratitude, Ba Boo La La, & much more. All true masterpieces." - Mississippi. Hear Lord Invader's My Intention is War.

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Various Artists
Running from the Law
Mississippi
LP
$13

"The third volume of the Six Feet Under series! Absolute killer country and rock and roll songs from the late 1950's - early 1960's. Minor chords abound in both rocking tunes and straight up weepers. The real stuff - no goofy novelties or commercial palp. Honest people's music. All incredibly hard to find tunes from small label 45s." - Mississippi. Hear Gene Nitz's Running from the Law & Cecil Moore's Diamond Back.