Lomax, John Avery
The Old Chisholm Trail,
Git Along Home Little Dogies,and
Home on the Range.Collecting and recording songs in Southern penitentiaries, he discovered Leadbelly , who provided the material for his Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly (1936), which he compiled with his son,
The younger Lomax began his career as a folklorist and musicologist as a teenager when he recorded folk artists visited by his father. He was the first person to record not only Leadbelly, but such musical greats as Woody Guthrie and Muddy Waters . He also compiled The Folk Songs of North America (1960) and wrote a memoir of his Southern travels, The Land Where the Blues Began (1993).
See J. A. Lomax's autobiography (1947); biography of Alan Lomax by J. Szwed (2010); T. Piazza, The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax (2012).
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