My Name Be Jim Crow is the one song on the EP that is not entirely written by someone formerly or currently incarcerated. DJC producer Fury Young wrote the first draft and sent it to Mark B. Springer, who had created a "Jim Crow" minstrel character in previous songs. Mark is a lifer who has been incarcerated 28 years. Mark changed the lyrics to fit his style and laid the music to it on a synth mandolin. The arrangement and vocals were recorded at Warren Correctional Institution, then instruments were overdubbed in order to achieve the old-time sound.
from Die Jim Crow EP
released May 1, 2016
Lyrics by Mark B. Springer and Fury Young
Music by Mark B. Springer
Vocals by Mark B. Springer
Banjo: Caroline Kuhn
Upright bass: Isaac Levien
Harmonica: Jim Priest
Fiddle: Maura Scanlin
Tambourine, shaker: Alex Sniderman
Mark’s vocal and arrangement recorded by dr. Israel at Warren Correctional Institution, Lebanon OH.
Harmonica recorded by Sammy Newell at Priest Studios, Los Angeles CA.
Upright bass, banjo, and fiddle recorded by Eli Cohen at New England Conservatory, Boston MA.
Tambourine and shaker recorded by Alex Sniderman at Studio A, Brooklyn NY.
Produced by Fury Young
Co-producer/Engineer: dr. Israel
Mixed by dr. Israel
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio NYC