Having toured for 10 years with Woodstock legend Richie Havens, Walter Parks learned the importance of delivering songs with relevant stories. Walter now lives in New York but he grew up in Florida and after Richie’s passing he started researching music that was made in the Okefinokee Swamp near where he grew up, from Smithsonian Archives. Different types of folks found haven in the dangerous swamp – Civil War evaders, runaway slaves, Native Americans and white folk of Scottish descent who were too poor to participate in the plantation economy. Three types of music was made out there – hollers, spirituals/hymns and work songs.
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