"Doc Reed and Vera Hall, cousins who have sung together for many years. They are good singers of the old style spirituals, are perfect in "seconding"- "following after" they call it,- and they know many songs. Not having book-learning they store in the back of their heads innumerable tunes and stanzas. Vera Hall is especially quick to "catch up" a new tune. And if they do not understand completely the text, they are ingenious in supplying substitutes, either from other spirituals or from their own feelings of the moment." - John Lomax
Doc Reed and Vera Hall
John Saw That Number (MP3)
When I Can Read My Title Clear (MP3)





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