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Rev. Moses Mason

The Rev. Moses Mason documented eight tracks for Paramount in 1928, including sacred tracks (“John the Baptist,” “Move Wash in the stunning Stream”) under his very own name and a few secular tracks (“Molly Guy,” “Shrimp Guy”) beneath the name Crimson Popular Ole Mose. The vocalist and banjoist from Lake Providence, Louisiana evidently never recorded once again, though his name resurfaced after folklorist Harry Smith included “John the Baptist” on his folksong compendium Anthology of American Folk Music. Mason also shows up for the Shanachie collection Prior to the Blues, Vol. 3: THE FIRST American Dark Music Scene as well as the Document collection As well Late, Too Past due, Vol. 2.

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