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Lake Cormorant, MS 1993

A summer storm bears down on farmer W.C. Miles as he chops weeds on a North Delta plantation near Lake Cormorant. Miles’ father, Willie Coffee, was a musician who learned guitar from Robert Johnson and Son House, playing with them at parties in the North Delta. House made some of his earliest recordings at Clack’s store in Lake Cormorant, including the haunting “Death Letter Blues” which began “Got a letter this morning/How you r’kon it read?/ Said hurry, hurry/Gal you love is dead/ (repeat once)/Grabbed up my suitcase/took off down the road/When I get there/She was laying on the cooling board/(repeat) I walked up close/Looked down in her face/Said farewell Honey/See you judgment day.”

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