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St. Ann’s Warehouse presents

THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”
A Record Album Interpretation

MAR 1-24, 2019

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“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.


Learn More: The B-Side

Read Ben Brantley's New York Times review

Eric Berryman and Kate Valk discuss “The B-Side” on WNYC

Read The Washington Post review

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.