Hospitality State of Mind is a collection (selected by us!) of blues and gospel tunes recorded by George Mitchell throughout the South from 1962 thru the 1980s.
The album features tracks by Othar Turner, Mississippi Joe Callicott, Furry Lewis, Robert Nighthawk, Jim Bunkley, George Henry Bussey, Leon Pinson, Cliff Scott, John Lee Ziegler, the Pettis Sisters, Willie Rockomo, and Lonzie Thomas.
Our idea for this album was to introduce folks to these artists and the field recordings of George Mitchell, but also to present these songs on a record for everyday and any mood–a truly listenable and enjoyable batch of songs that you can keep playing over and over again. Instead of focusing on one particular artists or place we instead chose the songs based on flow, sequence, and melody. We picked songs that never get old and keep us coming back. The idea is that this record could live on your turntable almost exclusively.
The album features original artwork by J. Burwell and liner notes by Ben DuPriest.
From the liner notes:
“The artists he chose to record do not parse the authenticity of the folk against an evanescent pop; they revel in the friction between these seemingly diametric poles, the fluidities and dualities that spur the music, despite over-theorized academic structures and commercial categories. Of course, much of the material Mitchell gathered is framed by the imposing, discursive lenses of the blues and the church, but these are narrow apertures for the diverse range of downhome country pickers, songsters and saints that he recorded.”
This is a limited, one-time pressing so once they’re sold out that’s it.