Drop on Down in Florida
Drop on Down in Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977–1980 published by Dust-to-Digital was originally a two-album, 27-track LP based on four years of fieldwork throughout the state and first released by The Florida Folklife Program in 1981. The album was intended to highlight African American music traditions for a statewide public audience, blues and sacred traditions in particular. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork materials now housed in the State Archives of Florida, the expanded reissue includes nearly 80 previously unreleased minutes of music on 28 new tracks, plus numerous photos documenting the musicians and communities that perpetuated these traditions.
Points of Departure
Phillip March Jones' collection of roadside memorial polaroids is a stark visual demand that we stop and see. These images capture the markers left for loved ones lost, which most of us drive past in our hurried lives, never seeing or thinking twice about the departed they commemorate. Polaroid film, a natural choice for Jones, lends an ethereal, dated, yet momentary feel to the work. Read our interview with Jones on our Journal here.
The River and The Thread
Alabama Chanin friend and inspiration, Rosanne Cash, explores her connection to the South and the region’s physical, musical, and emotional landscape in her newest record, The River and The Thread. The album covers sweeping territory and has a full, rich sound. You can hear influences of Southern gospel, country, Appalachian, rock, and Delta blues throughout. “If I never make another album I will be content, because I made this one,” Rosanne says. But, we know that she is always in search of another journey and another song. Get your copy today, and read more about Rosanne on our Journal.