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Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, a 1965 LP featuring work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts from inmates in Texas's then-segregated agricultural prison farms, was brought to the Wooster Group by performer Eric Berryman after he saw the Group's previous record album interpretation Early Shaker Spirituals. In The B-Side, Berryman plays the album and transmits the material live by channeling the voices of the men on the record via an in-ear receiver. Accompanying him are Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore. Berryman also provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album at the prison in 1964.

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  • Running Time:1hr (0 intermissions)
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