‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore’ a film, music and aural presentation by Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records, Portland, USA is to tour the Uk in June and July. Featuring archival film, images and stories from 1890 to the present day, Eric will illustrate his own special history of underground music movements in the USA.
The live footage performances are taken from rarely seen film shot during Alan Lomax’s North American travels between 1978 to 1985 and Mississippi Record’s own enormous library of recordings
The core footage will feature video from the 400 hours of film shot by Alan Lomax between 1978 and 1985.
Highlights include the first R.L. Burnside video, Bentonia bluesman Jack Owens, Otha Turner leading the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, Boyd and Ruth May Rivers, the Hicks and Proffitt families of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention, a funeral parade with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pretty White Eagle Mardi Gras Indians, Ernie K-Doe at Winnie’s in New Orleans, One String guitar playing, breakdancing and much more.
This footage is remarkable because it shows folk cultures in full blossom during a time when pretty much no one gave a damn about them and barely anyone was bothering to record them. As is always the case with vibrant cultures, the blues, country, folk and jazz that Lomax was filming was rapidly mutating to fit the times, so the footage has a feel very contemporary to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Beyond the Lomax footage there will is rare film of musicians associated with the Mississippi Records label such as one man band Abner Jay (who dubbed himself the Black Bob Dylan), Bishop Perry Tillis, Rev. Louis Overstreet and his four sons and many more. Each film segment will be introduced with brief stories about the musicians.
Mississippi Records has produced over 150 releases on LP and 100 releases on cassette tape that crisscross’s borders, digging up joyous albums, singles and unheard songs and sounds that where being left under the bed, out in the shed and unloved by most record companies.
They have managed to do this on a shoestring budget, without ever advertising or engaging in promotion of any kind and distribution
Among it’s catalogue are releases by Fred McDowell, Mahmoud Ahmed, Irma Thomas, The Dog Faced Hermans, George ‘Bongo Joe’ Coleman, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Alamayahu Eshete (‘The Ethiopian Elvis’), Dead Moon, Clara Rockmore, The Ex, Washington Phillips, Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, G.I. Gurdjieff .
Eric Isaacson tours presentation in the UK in June and July. leanr more about Old Weird American Music at Camber Sands, June 21 – 23; Bristol Cube, 24th; Cheltenham, 25th; Birmingham Vivid Projects, 26th; Glasgow Glad Cafe, 27th; Cardiff Chapter Arts, 30th; London Cafe Oto, July 1st; Bradford 1 In 12 Club, 2nd.