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In Depth: Mississippi Fred McDowell

The video of rural life Mississippi in this featurette about slide master Mississippi Fred McDowell is so interesting that the music is almost a bonus. The film is entitled “Blues Maker.”

But  not quite. Bob Dylan, of course, had a hit with “Highway 61 Revisited.” McDowell sings a sings a song, which probably was called “Highway 61” about the same road. It’s unclear if this is the song that Dylan was “revisiting.” Here is a condensed verse:

I started school one Monday morning, darling
Baby, I throwed my books away
I wrote a note to my teacher
Lord I am going to try 61 today

The movie was produced by the University of Mississippi Department of Educational Film Production. It was released in 1969. Here is our previous post on McDowell.

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