Give My Poor Heart Ease
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In this volume, richly varied musical worlds are
presented through the voices of the artists themselves. Their narratives are edited from field recordings I
made in each artist’s home and community. The artistically
and emotionally rich profiles of musicians that emerge
illuminate both the African American experience and the
history and culture of America itself.” — William Ferris

Bonus Photos

Bonus Photos View a slideshow of 30 photos not included in the book

Sample Audio

Sample Audio Click below to hear sample audio tracks

1. Lovey Williams, “Going Away Blues”, 2:38
2. The Chapman Family led by Fannie Bell Chapman, “He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield, 1:56 (partial)
3. Lee Kizart, “I Got the World in a Jug and the Stopper in My Hand”, 1:27 (partial), Recorded by William R. Ferris in Tutwiler, July 28, 1967
4. Inmates at Camp B, Parchman Penitentiary, “Lazarus”, 1:36 (partial)
Recorded by William R. Ferris at Parchman Penitentiary in Lambert, Mississippi, July 15, 1968

Sample Video

Sample Video Click images below to view sample videos

Give My Poor Heart Ease Movie 1
Give My Poor Heart Ease Movie 2
Give My Poor Heart Ease:
Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, 1975
Parchman Penitentiary, 1968



All images from the William R. Ferris Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, unless otherwise noted.

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