You won’t hear this every day. Thanks to Flint Riverkeeper Gordon Rogers for pointing to these Okefenokee Swamp hollers by Walter Parks.
And don’t forget WWALS has an outing 10AM this Saturday December 10th at Georgia’s Stephen C. Foster State Park on the Suwannee River near Fargo, GA, to paddle into the Okefenokee Swamp.
Published on Feb 3, 2016
During the early 1940’s naturalist Francis Harper borrowed recording equipment from The Library of Congress and documented inhabitants of Southeast Georgia’s Okefinokee Swamp performing various traditional songs, shaped-note singing and hollers. Hollers were melodies sung by lone hunters or farmers to alert those at a far destination as to whom was returning. This performance is an interpretation of two of such hollers.
Performance by Walter Parks
Location Park Theater, Union City, NJ
Moss Backdrop created by Experience Collective, Savannah GA
Filmed by Merri Cyr
Edited by Chicken Head Knob • a show business
License Standard YouTube License
And WalterParks.com says:
Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. His original music is inspired by the swampy gospel blues that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in and around the southeast Georgia low country.
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