The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”, A Record Album Interpretation

“Nothing short of transcendent” – The New York Times

“Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”, a 1965 LP featuring work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts from inmates in Texas’ 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.


Special Events:
Inside Circle Dinner | TUE MAR 5
VoicesOn Talkback | WED MAR 13
Following the 8:00pm performance please join us for an artist talkback.

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