|[Faculty/Staff Activities]||March 12, 2014 3:12 pm|
On Sunday, March 9, 2014, part of an interview with Donald Hill, Africana/Latino Studies and Anthropology, was aired on JAZZ90.1, a public radio station in Rochester, NY. He was a guest on Jeff Harris’s “Big Road Blues” show that focused on the jug band music of Gus Cannon (who was one of the originators of jug band music and who recorded extensively in the 1920s). Hill, with friend Dave Mangurian, recorded Cannon in Memphis in August, 1961. Hill and Mangurian were two young Pomona College boys that had just spent a short time in jail in Mississippi, from where they were expelled, fleeing from the Mississippi State Police and the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission. Cannon recorded “Walk Right In” for the two, which later became a hit for the Rooftop Singers. All of the Mangurian and Hill recordings of Cannon, digitally processed for the Library of Congress, were played on the show. Cannon’s music hearkened back to the songster, minstrel, and medicine show traditions of the late nineteenth century, in part pre-dating country blues. The playlist for Jeff’s show is at http://sundayblues.org/archives/7725 and the show itself is at http://sundayblues.org/feeds/brb_3.9.14.mp3.