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Playlist of Sam Chatmon

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    Sam Chatmon: Thats All Right

    3:38

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs That's All Right. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.17]

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    Sam Chatmon: Make Me A Pallet On the Floor

    3:44

    Sam Chatmon performs Make Me A Pallet On the Floor, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.05]

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    Sam Chatmon: The Last Time

    3:19

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs The Last Time. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.15]

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    Sam Chatmon - Lets Get Drunk Again

    2:16

    Blues When It Rains

    Something fun.

    photo: Orchestra at square dance. McIntosh County, Oklahoma, 1939 or 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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    Sam Chatmon: The Mississippi Sheik

    44:00

    Sam Chatmon: The Mississippi Sheik
    rec. 1966 in Hollandale, MS by John Fahey; Sam Chatmon, voc, g
    ... these recordings first published on and taken from Blue Goose LP BG 2006 (US 1972) Sam Chatmon: The Mississippi Sheik --- never re-released on CD!

    - Go Back Old Devil (0:00)
    - B & O Blues (3:28)
    - Love Come Falling Down (6:43)
    - Make Me A Pallet On The Floor (9:52)
    - Vacation Blues (12:22)
    - Last Chance Shaking In The Bed With Me (14:19)
    - Blues In E (17:49)

    - Stretching Them Things (21:39)
    - Brownskin Women Blues (24:50)
    - Fool About My Loving (27:55)
    - Turnup Greens (29:42)
    - Cold Blooded Murder Blues (31:24)
    - Sam's Rag (34:52)
    - Cross Cut Saw Blues (36:49)
    - Kansas City Blues (40:36)

    LP cover photo & art by Nick Perls

    Sam Chatmon discography at
    Blue Goose Records discography at

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    Sam Chatmon discusses his father

    3:05

    Sam Chatmon discusses his father, a slavery-time man. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.07]

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    Sam Chatmon: Corrina

    3:10

    Sam Chatmon performs Corrina, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.03]

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    Sam Chatmon: Cold Blooded Murderer

    3:19

    Sam Chatmon performs Cold Blooded Murderer, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.04]

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    Last Time Shaking in the Bed With Me

    4:08

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Last Time Shaking in the Bed With Me · Sam Chatmon

    Blues At Home 2

    ℗ 2013 Giambattista Marcucci

    Released on: 2013-10-15

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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    Sam Chatmon: Bumblebee Blues

    4:10

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs Bumblebee Blues. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.19]

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    Sam Chatmon: Cant Get the Saddle On the Old Grey Mule

    1:48

    Sam Chatmon performs Little Liza Jane, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.09]

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    Sam Chatmon - Stop and listen blues

    3:13

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    Sam Chatmon: Trouble In Mind

    1:36

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs Trouble In Mind. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.21]

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    Sam Chatmon: Sittin On Top of the World

    1:48

    Sam Chatmon performs Sittin' On Top of the World, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.01]

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    Sam Chatmon - God Dont Like Ugly

    2:47

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    Sam Chatmon- Sittin on top of the World

    3:01

    Sam Chatmon- Sittin' on top of the World
    Great Song

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    Sam Chatmon: The Preacher and the Bear

    1:47

    Sam Chatmon performs the minstrel song The Preacher and the Bear at home in Hollandale, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop, August 1978. For more videos from the American Patchwork fieldwork and information about Alan Lomax and his collections, visit: [02.06.10]

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    Christone KingFish Ingram - Thrill is Gone LIVE at the 2016 Sam Chatmon Blues Festival

    6:47

    LIVE at the 2016 Sam Chatmon Blues Festival​ where Christone KINGFISH Ingram​ played the Thrill is Gone (BB King cover). I kept watching this young man's Fast Fingers. Jeez I did not expect that. I got close to the guitar and was stunned. If you like the video please hit Like on the Sam Chatmon Blues Festival facebook page. It helps a lot.

    For more videos go to HollandaleBlues.com . The video was shot and edited by Joshua Branning​.

    Also I value nice above everything else and Christone is a nice humble young man. He is headed in the right direction. It was great to see him perform. I was in the middle of the crowd and got knocked around a bit. Sorry if the camera slides off point. Live music is unpredictable. If you dig the blues please share. I want to film more of these if enough people like them.

    Thanks again for all the wonderful messages and comments. It's nice to read nice things.

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    Sam Chatmon discusses the legacy of Jim Crow

    1:03

    Sam Chatmon briefly discusses the lingering effects of Jim Crow on African-Americans: A lot of us have the fear yet. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 1978, at Chatmon's home in Hollandale, Mississippi. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.11]

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    God Dont Like Ugly

    3:55

    Provided to YouTube by Arhoolie Records

    God Don't Like Ugly · Sam Chatmon

    I Have To Paint My Face

    ℗ 1995 Arhoolie Productions Inc.

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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    Chatmon

    3:14

    This is a great Treasure...Big road blues
    Sam Chatmon was born in 1897 Bolton, Mississippi
    He played with the Mississippi Sheiks in the 30s and 40s with Lonnie and the Chatman Brothers. I think he Died in 1983?
    R.I.P.

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    Living Country Blues USA Vol.2 - James ‘Son’ Thomas, Sam Chatmon etc.

    44:10





    Release: 2014 Oct 31
    Artist: James ‘Son’ Thomas, Sam Chatmon, Walter Brown, Joe Cooper, Cleveland Broomman & Eddie Cusie
    Title: Living Country Blues USA Vol.2 - Blues On Highway 61

    Cat.No.: LR713017
    Format: 12 Vinyl
    Label: L+R Records
    EAN: 4003099713017

    Blues On Highway 61 with James ‘Son’ Thomas, Sam Chatmon, Walter Brown, Joe Cooper, Cleveland Broomman & Eddie Cusie

    Feeling lonesome, being down and out, nowhere to go, walking the highway up and down, riding the Greyhound bus, catching a freight train — all central themes in Blues, and the men you can hear on this record have lived the Blues and this was reality to them. The Blues has always been more than just one person’s story, they are reflections and descriptions of a common lifestyle and experience. These artists tell the truth — the truth about being a black man in Mississippi, across the United States.

    The artists you can hear on this record all came from the same region of Mississippi. Their communities were centered around 61 Highway and lay only a couple of miles apart.

    Many Blues have been made about 61 Highway. Linking rural Louisiana and Mississsippi with northern industrial areas, thousands of blacks have travelled this road in hopes of a better life and future. Walter Brown’s “Keep On Walkin”’ can be seen as a reflection of their sufferings and struggle, the long road America's blacks had to walk since they were first brought to that country as slaves.

    Living Country Blues USA is a series of albums on L+R Records. The material was collected by German Blues experts Siegfried A. Christmann and Axel Küstner on an extended trip thru the south of the USA in the fall of 1980, in the form of so-called Field-Recordings — recordings made in the natural surroundings of the artists and not in the studio. Travelling 10.000 miles (16.000 km) by car in 2 1/2 months, they used 180.000 feet (54 km) of tape and took hundreds of photographs to document various aspects of Country Blues, as well as work songs, fife and drum band music, field hollers and rural Gospel music, performed by 35 artists, some of whom appear on record for the first time.

    Side 1
    01 Standing At The Crossroads 3’21
    James “Son” Thomas, vocal & guitar
    02 Stop And Listen Blues 2’45
    Sam Chatmon, vocal & guitar
    03 Bull Cow Blues 4’01
    James “Son” Thomas, vocal & guitar
    04 61 Highway Blues 3’51
    James “Son” Thomas
    05 Keep On Walkin’ 4’51
    Walter Brown
    06 She Put Me Out On The Road 3’56
    Joe Cooper

    Side 2
    01 Sam’s Blues 3´34
    Sam Chatmon
    02 Black Night 3’44
    Sam Chatmon
    03 Mean Ol’ Frisco 2’59
    James “Son” Thomas & Cleveland “Broomman”
    04 My Daddy Was A Jockey 4’25
    Sam Chatmon
    05 Gonna Cut You Loose 2’45
    Eddie Cusie
    06 Vicksburg Blues 3’35
    Sam Chatmon

    Format:
    180 gr Vinyl + MP3 Download

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    SAM CHATMON - Sittin On Top Of The World 1970

    4:03

    Recorded in Sweets Mill, near Auberry, CA, July, 1970.

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    Sam Chatmon on the blues

    2:24

    Sam Chatmon discusses the blues at home in Hollandale, Mississippi. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.24]

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    Sam Chatmon Lesson: Big Road Blues

    7:58

    An instructional video on how to play Sam Chatmon's rendition of Big Road Blues (which is also known as Stop and Listen Blues and Brown Skinned Woman). It's not precisely how he played it so I hope you don't mind.

    His version can be found on Youtube here:


    Over at my website, I'm working on a new resource for a huge amount of new lesson content for all levels to learn. Please feel free to have a look! Thanks

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    Sam Chatmon: Little Liza Jane

    1:26

    Sam Chatmon performs Little Liza Jane, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.08]

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    Sam Chatmon - Fishing Blues

    2:37

    Sam Chatmon - Fishing Blues (original ragtime feminist cheating song as written by Chris Smith in 1911 - not Henry Thomas version!)
    rec. 1979 in San Diego, CA; Sam Chatmon, voc, g; prod. by Lou Curtiss & Mark Wilson
    ... this recording first published on and taken from Rounder LP 2018 (US 1979) Sam Chatmon's Advice --- never re-released on CD, afaik!

    photography by Virginia Curtiss

    Elijah Wald on Chris Smith's Fishing Blues at

    Sam Chatmon discography at
    Rounder Records discography at

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    Sam Chatmon: How Long

    2:20

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs How Long, How Long. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.23]

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    Sam Chatmon: Prowling Groundhog

    3:34

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs Prowling Groundhog. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.18]

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    Sam Chatmon: Blues

    2:29

    Sam Chatmon performs an unidentified blues, vocal and guitar. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.06]

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    Sam Chatmon Whos Gonna Love You Tonight?

    3:37

    Sam Chatmon performs Who's Gonna Love You Tonight?

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    Sam Chatmon - Frankie Jean

    1:36

    Sam Chatmon - Frankie Jean

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    SAM CHATMON - Thats Alright 1973

    3:43

    Recorded at Lou Curtiss' Folk Arts-Rare Records, San Diego, CA, April 13, 1973.

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    SAM CHATMON - I Got The Whiskey 1973

    2:51

    Recorded at Lou Curtiss' Folk Arts-Rare Records, San Diego, CA, April 13, 1973.

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    Sam Chatman - You Shall Be Free

    1:24

    Sam Chatman - You Shall Be Free (When The Good Lord Sets You Free) aka Nigger Be A Nigger
    rec. July 25, 1960 in Hollandale, MS by Chris A. Strachwitz with assistance from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Oliver; Sam Chatmon (Chatman), voc, g
    ... this recording originally released and taken from Arhoolie LP F 1005 (original 1960 release); this song has been omitted from the 1969 and 1980 versions of Arhoolie F 1005 and from 1995 Arhoolie CD 432 --- Never re-released anywhere else !
    This song has been uploaded for historical and educational reasons; hope nobody feels offended due to the fact that Chatmon is using the N word - remember that this song has been recorded in 1960, and its origins reach back to slavery times !

    source of photo: Page 1 of Arhoolie F 1005 (1960) notes (8 page leaflet); photographer: Chris Strachwitz

    Sam Chatmon discography at
    Arhoolie Records discography at

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    SAM CHATMON - Trouble In Mind 1972

    2:56

    Recorded at Lou Curtiss' Folk Arts-Rare Records, San Diego, CA, December 30, 1972.

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    Sam Chatmon on the Chatmon family, Mississippi Sheiks, and Okeh Records

    2:17

    Discussion of the Mississippi Sheiks' recordings for Okeh; the Chatmon brothers; and song-writing. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam Chatmon's home, Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.02]

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    Sam Chatmon: Careless Love

    2:31

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs Careless Love. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.22]

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    Sam Chatmon & Bob Jefferey Shake Em Down

    3:31

    I do not own the copyright to this recording. This video is for historical and educational purposes only.

    Composed by Washington Bukka White

    Sam Chatmon:Vocals & Guitar

    Bob Jefferey:Piano

    Recorded in San Diego, CA. Saturday, June 16, 1973

    Originally issued on and this recording taken from the 1995 album San Diego Blues Jam (Testament TCD 5029) (CD)

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    Ashtray Taxi - Sam Chatmon

    4:01

    (From Wikipedia) Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi. Chatmon's family was well known in Mississippi for their musical talents; Chatmon was a member of the family's string band when he was young. He performed on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1900s.

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    Dropped D Discussion + Sam Chatmon Lesson

    11:26

    Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons
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    Jim Bruce presents blues guitar lessons across all styles and major artists. Ragtime blues, Delta, Chicago Swing, Bottleneck, Piedmont - from Texas To The Delta

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    Sam Chatmon Shes My Baby

    2:21

    I do not own the copyright to this recording so if it needs to be removed, I will remove it. This video is for educational purposes only

    For more information about this artist, please visit the website:



    Sam Chatmon:Vocals & Guitar

    Recorded in San Diego, CA. June 5, 1971

    Originally issued on the 1974 album San Diego Blues Jam (Advent 2804) (LP)

    This recording taken from the 1995 CD of the same title

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    SAM CHATMON - Old Screwdriver 1973

    3:42

    Recorded at Lou Curtiss' Folk Arts-Rare Records, San Diego, CA, April 13, 1973.

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    Sam Chatmon

    1:32

    Sam Chatmon was born in Bolton, Mississippi. Chatmon was a member of the family's string band when he was young. He performed on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1900s.
    Chatmon played the banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in addition to the guitar. He performed at parties and on street corners throughout Mississippi for small pay and tips. In the 1930s he recorded both with the Sheiks, as well as with sibling Lonnie as the Chatman Brothers.
    He moved to Hollandale, Mississippi in the early 1940s and worked on plantations in Hollandale. He was re-discovered in 1960 and started a new chapter of his career as folk-blues artist. In the same year Chatmon recorded for the Arhoolie record label. He toured extensively during the 1960s and 1970s. He played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals, including the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1972, the Mariposa Fest in Toronto in 1974, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1976.
    A headstone memorial to Chatmon with the inscription Sitting on top of the World was paid for by Bonnie Raitt.

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    Brownskin Woman - Lesson Trailer

    1:52

    Lesson and TAB available at:

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    Sam Chatmon: T.B. Blues

    3:10

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs T.B. Blues. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.20]

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    Sam Chatmons Popularity and Bo Carters Unmarked Grave

    2:11



    See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Part 14
    Sam Chatmon's Popularity and Bo Carter's Unmarked Grave
    Produced by the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund

    Since 1989, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund has erected memorials for Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Big Joe Williams, Elmore James, Lonnie Pitchford, Memphis Minnie and many others, and fought to maintain abandoned cemeteries in Mississippi. We have cleared all roadblocks to marking the grave of Armenter Chatmon, aka Bo Carter, of the Mississippi Sheiks. Buried in Nitta Yuma Cemetery near Panther Burn, his unmarked grave is the target our most recent Headstone Blues Initiative.

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    Sam Chatmon - Hollandale Blues

    5:09

    A tribute to Sam Chatmon filmed April 4, 2011:
    - at Sanders Garden Memorial, Hollandale, Mississippi
    - at the Highway 61 Blues Museum, Leland, Mississippi

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    Sam Chatmon: Hollandale Blues

    3:59

    Sam Chatmon, vocal and guitar, performs his Hollandale Blues. Shot by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long at Sam's home in Hollandale, Mississippi, August 1978. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit [02.06.14]

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    SAM CHATMON - God Dont Like Ugly 1973

    2:50

    Recorded at Lou Curtiss' Folk Arts-Rare Records, San Diego, CA, April 13, 1973.

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