The 1941–42 Fisk-Library of Congress Sessions
This chapter discusses the events pertaining to the 1941 Fisk-Library of Congress recording sessions, a project that came about from a study proposed by John Wesley Work III with respect to the 1940 fire incident in Natchez, Mississippi. Work's idea was pitched to the Library of Congress and eventually approved by Alan Lomax. Work and Lomax arrived in Clarksdale and came across Muddy Waters and Son House, possibly by asking for the names of the leading blues musicians. The recording proceeded with House performing five songs, four of them together with his band—Willie Brown on guitar, Leroy Williams on harp, and Fiddlin' Joe Martin on mandolin. Lomax returned to Mississippi the following year and recorded with House once more, spawning ten more tracks. That same year, House headed north and spent the next twenty-one years of his life in musical exile.
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