Field hollers are also known as corn-field hollers, water calls, and whoops. They were sung solos and normally expressed by the southern labourers (most often slaves). These songs expressed many different topics, many times cries for water and food, cries about what was happening in their daily lives, to let other people know that they were out in the fields working on that particular day, and many other cirumstances that one would feel like singing about. Some were even about the slaves religious devotions. Field hollers were even used as an outlet for southern laubourers to sing about their troubles and hardships in their everyday lives
There are no recorded examples of hollers exist from before the mid-1930s, but there is 1 recording artist who had some blues recording.
Mira Costa College:
There wasn't too many resources in the library as far as the Cotten Field Hollers go. But this type of music is considered to be one of the first types of blues music. There for this library carried a lot of books and music of the old the time blues.
The sounds of slavery : discovering African American history through songs, sermons, and speech
White, Shane/White,Grahan.Boston : Beacon Press, c2005. This book shows how profoundly slaves shaped the American soundscape. This book shows how profoundly slaves shaped the American soundscape. Quotidian sounds of a plantation at dawn to the baying of hounds on the trail of runway slaves in the 1850’s. This book is the closest we’ll ever get to imagining the diverse sounds of slavery.
The story of the Blues. Paul Oliver.Philadelphia, Chilton Book Co. . "The Story of the Blues" in the chapter titled “Cottonfield Hollers” Historian Paul Oliver wrote: “When the blues began, the countryside was quiet. Loudest of the sounds to break the stillness was the roar of a steam train as it traced its way through the lowlands, leaving a smudge of smoke against the blue sky. A brief moment of excitement as it passed, a shrill whistle, dipping and wailing like a blues and it would be gone. It’s said that the engineers tuned their steam whistle ‘quills’ to play a blues but it probably just sounded like this to the field hands who knew the hour by the regular trains.”
As big as this library is I couldn't really find really anything on my Topic. But here are few that can relate.
Blues people : Negro music in white America.Imamu Amiri Baraka.New York : William Morrow, ©1999
Too close to heaven. : Part 1 the story of gospel music.Alan Lewens; Leo St Clair; Alphonsia Emmanuel; Horace Clarence Boyer; Margaret P Douroux; All authors.Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1997.
Using narration and performance footage, this film traces the 300 year history of gospel music. Part one examines the roots of gospel music which began when Black Africans became slaves on white American plantations and combined African music with Christianity to create a new musical form, the negro spiritual.
Cal State San Marcos:
There was a couple of books I could find in the CSM research guiede. As far as my topic goes, If you search under Blues salve music it will give you some example of what you want to look for.
Blues people : Negro music in white America / by LeRoi Jones.The Negro as non-Americans -- The Negro as property -- African slaves -- Afro-Christian music and religion -- Slave and post-slave -- Primitive blues and primitive jazz -- Classic blues -- The city -- Enter the middle class -- Swing - from verb to noun -- The blues continuum -- The modern scene
Negro slave songs in the United States / by Miles Mark Fisher ; with a foreword by Ray Allen Billington.
Its always easy finding things on the Web. I think I have more resources googling my topic.
Wikipedia,Field Hollers as well as work songs were African American styles of music from before the American Civil War, this style of music is closely related to spirituals in the sense that it expressed religious feelings and included subtle hints about ways of escaping slavery, among other things. Slaves in New Orleans had a field area called Congo Square in which they were allowed time on Sundays to dance and sing more freely than they could on the plantations
http://www.myspace.com/cottonfieldhollers. This is a site with examples of Cotten Field Holler field music. Enjoy