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Jim Crow's Tears

by Kris Johnson

Jim Crow's Tears tackles slavery, racial stereotypes, blackface, and minstrel shows in a creative and artistically engaging musical.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Prologue
2:33 album only
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2. Minstrel Theme
3:34 album only
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3. Plantation Days
1:29 album only
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4. Never Approve
3:03 album only
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5. Pearl the Jezebel
2:16 album only
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6. Please Understand
3:44 album only
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7. Massa Come Down
3:21 album only
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8. Tan That Hide
1:56 album only
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9. Please Understand (Reprise)
0:49 album only
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10. The Final Straw
2:40 album only
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11. Jim Crow's Tears
4:29 album only
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12. Motherless Child
4:56 album only
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13. Minstrel Show Reprise (Intro)
1:07 album only
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14. Minstrel Show Reprise
1:40 album only
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15. These Chains
6:20 album only
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16. They Still Hate You, Pt. I
1:33 album only
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17. They Still Hate You, Pt. II
3:27 album only
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18. We Can't Forget Our Past
3:20 album only
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19. Unbind My Eyes
2:58 album only
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20. No More Coonin'
2:05 album only
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21. We Can't Live This Way
3:37 album only
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22. Modern Day Minstrel Show
4:24 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jim Crow’s Tears allows you a glimpse into a tortured soul. From slavery with its dehumanization to Minstrel Shows and its degradation, this musical transports you back in time when finding one's autonomy was an anomaly. It will make you cry. It will make you angry. It will make you laugh. Mostly, it will make you think.

This album takes all the negative stereotypes forced upon a people, blows them up and exposes their absurdity. It speaks to the mistreatment of a people who helped to build a nation, only to be discarded socially and legally generation after generation.

Through one man’s tears you will be enlightened to the struggle. You will be hopeful for the future. You will be grateful for him and the progress made. You will be educated on work still to come, and how people are still contributing to the problem. Come along this journey with Kris Johnson and experience Jim Crow’s Tears.

Art by Gil Ashby
CD Layout by Don Baker
Recorded, mixed, and edited by Darell Campbell and Kris Johnson
Mastered by Angus Davidson at Red Road Mastering

THE CAST

Antwaun Stanley – Lucius Purifoy/Jim Crow
Stacey Carter – Mother Pearl/The Sapphire
Sarah Charles – The Mulatto
Kenny Watson – Mr. Bones
Milton Suggs – Mr. Tambo
Rusty Mewha – Massa Purifoy

THE BAND

Kris Johnson - Trumpet
Caleb Curtis - Alto Sax
Marcus Elliot - Tenor Sax
Vincent Chandler - Trombone
Tony Lustig - Bari Sax

Jon Dixon - Keys
Mike Jellick - Keys
Darell Campbell - Electric Bass
Nate Winn - Drums
Lauren Johnson - Percussion
Christina Manceor - Marimba/Percussion

THE ORCHESTRA

Damien Crutcher - Conductor

Christopher Burton - Violin I
Leah Celebi - Violin II
Leslie DeShazor - Viola
Cecilia Sharpe - Cello
Miles Brown - Double Bass

Virginia Caldwell - Flute I
Shawn Wallace - Flute II
Sigal Hemy - Clarinet
Andrew Bishop - Bass Clarinet

Jim Crow's Tears was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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