American Patchwork Series: The Land Where Blues Began
Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets of the Mississippi Delta, Alan Lomax, filmmaker John Bishop, and black folklorist Worth Long captured remarkable performances by Johnny Brooks, Walter Brown, Bill Gordon, James Hall, William S. Hart, Beatrice and Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Wilbert Puckett, J. T. Tucker, Reverend Caesar Smith, Bud Spires, Belton Sutherland, Othar Turner, and more.
About the American Patchwork Series
From 1978 to 1985 Alan Lomax traveled the American South and Southwest with a television crew to document regional folklore with deep historical roots. From the resulting 500 hours of footage Lomax wrote, produced, directed, and narrated five one-hour documentary films focused on African American, Appalachian, and Cajun music and dance:
The Land Where the Blues Began
Jazz Parades: Feet Don't Fail Me Now
Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old
These five films were broadcast on PBS in 1991 under the title "American Patchwork Series." The series title and the films themselves illustrate Alan Lomax's conviction that “America has a patchwork culture made of the dreams and songs of all its people.”
The series will run in the Performance Theater at Birthplace of Country Music Museum each Thursday in April at 7:00 p.m., free and open to the public.