Bukka White - Parchman Farm Blues

By: Stewart Voegtlin

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Posted 08/31/2007 - 04:41:52 PM by Antithesis:
 "The song itself sounds as if it only could have been recorded on the farm's grounds: White hunched and smothering the National, his baritone big and roaring under the moss-draped oaks while the trustees and their tireless hounds stalk the grounds, their plastic shadows stretching, receding slimly for miles into the plain." There's something about the recording of the song (perhaps with many old blues recordings, I don't know) that makes it sound all the more primal and authentic. The static buzz that comes through in my (cheap) headphones somehow allows me to envision a similar scene to the one you've described. Good piece; I need to become more aware of great old tracks like this one.