March 21 — SILVIE, Sweet Honey in the Rock (1988)

imageThe book I’m reading now could make a great Coen brothers film. “The Good Lord Bird” is a satirical novel about John Brown, a slavery abolishionist in Kansas in the 1850s. It has me on the hunt for slave and prison worksongs, and today brought to mind this old tune. It was popularized by Lead Belly; in fact, I was first introduced to Lead Belly with this track, which appeared on a tribute album to he and Woody Guthrie.



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