A fascinating musicological documentary. Best of all, a spine-tingling account of the first-ever recordings of Mississippi Fred McDowell.
MOJO **** -- Mojo Magazine
An Absolute gem. -- Uncut Magazine
Masterpieces are seldom so readable. A contender for folk book of the year. -- Record Collector
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In 1959, Shirley Collins, a nineteen-year-old folk singer from Hastings set out on an extraordinary journey across the deep American South with Alan Lomax, the great American folklorist. "America Over the Water" blends the personal story of Shirley's relationship with Lomax, with a unique first hand account of America on the brink of the civil rights era. Going to the heart of the blues, spending time with the men on road gangs, in State Penitentiaries and homes and music venues, "America Over the Water" is a major account of a remarkable place at a remarkable time.