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October 17, 2013

Give My Poor Heart Ease

Bill Ferris is one of this country's leading folklorists. His work Give My Poor Heart Ease, includes a book, a CD and a DVD. It is a collection of original recordings that Bill made in his native Mississippi.

As a boy, Bill began going to church with his family's housekeeper, Mary Gordon. He fell in love with the music and the drama of the church. As a teenager, he hit the road with recording equipment. Soon he was capturing music in lots of different African American communities. Bill soon discovered the blues, and the recordings he made in the 60s and 70s capture the roots of the Mississippi blues. Bill Ferris joins Dick Gordon to tell about his passion for the people and the stories behind the Mississippi blues.

See video clips of BB King and the men at The Parchman Penitentiary

Find out more about the one strand guitar

Bill's latest book is The Storied South, Voices of Writers and Artists

All archival recordings in this story are from the CD/DVD included in the book.


Going Down to the Station by 'Sonny Boy' Williams; Going Away Blues and Boogie Chillun by Lovey Williams; Lazarus and Oh, Rosie by Inmates at the Parchman State Penitentiary; There are Days by Southland Hummingbirds

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