Over the past year the RootStrata blog has been sharing the Portland, OR based Mississippi Records’ ongoing Tape Series in individual installments for those without cassette decks. Shared as zip files, broken into two mp3s (side A and side B), the series has become my defacto road trip music. I’m gearing up to make the haul from Los Angeles to Austin next week so this seemed as good a time as any to highlight a couple of favorites. First up, head over here and download Tape Series, Vol. 3 – Early Soul Music.
Next up, shown below, is essential listening for fellow blues enthusiasts: Vol. 18 – How Long Has It Been Since You’ve Been Home? A twenty track compilation of old blues and spirituals. I spent 2.5 months in 2008 driving around the Mississippi Delta working on my Blues Trail guide and am nearly transported back every time this tape comes on.