Folk Fashion from the Photo-Sound Associates

20239_pf0085_01_0028, Liz White in WNCN studios for the George Lorrie radio show, 25 May 1959. Photo by Aaron Rennert for Photo-Sound Associates. Ron Cohen Collection (20239), Southern Folklife CollectionReally enjoying the fashion of the folk scene in the Photo-Sound Associates photographs lately. We love these images of Liz White wearing an absolutely fabulous belt in the studio at WNCN-New York for George Lorrie’s radio show on May 25, 1959. Photo by Aaron Rennert for Photo-Sound Associates. See more in the Ron Cohen Collection (20239).

20239_pf0085_01_0021, Liz White in WNCN studios for the George Lorrie radio show, 25 May 1959. Photo by Aaron Rennert for Photo-Sound Associates. Ron Cohen Collection (20239), Southern Folklife Collection20239_pf0085_01_0022,Liz White in WNCN studios for the George Lorrie radio show, 25 May 1959. Photo by Aaron Rennert for Photo-Sound Associates. Ron Cohen Collection (20239), Southern Folklife Collection

Opening Friday, “Lard Have Mercy!: 30 years of Southern Culture on the Skids”

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We’re putting the final touches on the exhibit. For a preview, see David Menconi’s article in the N&O.

Opening this Friday, the Southern Folklife Collection presents, “Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids.” The exhibit opens Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6PM on the 4th floor of the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. The exhibit opening will be followed by a concert at Historic Playmakers Theater featuring none other than Southern Culture on the Skids. Both events occur in conjunction with the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) taking place March 13-16 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Silkscreened poster pictured above made by friend of the SFC, Ron Liberti.

See y’all on Friday.

What: “Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids” opening reception

When: 6 p.m. Friday; exhibit on display through Aug. 31

Where: Fourth floor of Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

Info: 919-962-7105 orwww2.lib.unc.edu/wilson/sfc

Following Friday’s opening reception, Southern Culture on the Skids will play a 7:30 p.m. concert at UNC’s Historic Playmakers Theatre. The show is free, but tickets are required. For details, call 919-548-1203 or the Memorial Hall box office at 919-843-3333.

 

 

78 rpm disc of the week: McFarland and Gardner

78_11592_McFarland and Gardner_Southern Folklife Collection_UNC Chapel HillSome excellent classic, old-time country from Robert McFarland and Lester Gardner for you readers today. Also known as “Mac and Bob,” the duo met at the Kentucky School for the Blind in the early 1920s and recorded over 200 songs for Brunswick and other labels. They appeared regularly on the WLS Barn Dance for twenty years, retiring in 1950. Originally recorded but rejected by Brunswick, we digitized these two tracks from a disc on the Australian imprint, Regal Zonophone, SFC call no. 78-11592. “The Hut on the Back of the Lot” is at the top of the list for one of my favorite songs of 2014. Life lessons from “Little Ned.” This one’s for dear old Dad.

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Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids

SCOTS1The Southern Folklife Collection is pleased to announce our first exhibit and program of 2014, “Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids.” The exhibit opens Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6PM on the 4th floor of the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. The exhibit opening will be followed by a concert at Historic Playmakers Theater featuring none other than Southern Culture on the Skids. Both events occur in conjunction with the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) taking place March 13-16 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Lard Have Mercy” traces the history of Chapel Hill’s “Legendary Bards of Downward Mobility,” Southern Culture on the Skids (SCOTS). Formed in 1983. SCOTS embody a raucous, sleazy, good-natured, good-time take on Southern traditions and traditional music playing a unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop, driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy.

Featuring photography by Kent Thompson and Michael Benson as well as instruments, posters, recordings, and other ephemera from the SCOTS collection in the Southern Folklife Collection.

Events are free and open to the public but seating is limited. Concert Tickets will be available via Memorial Hall Box Office (919) 843-3333 the week of March 3rd. More information about the concert below.

Ticket booth opens: 6pm

Doors: 7pm

Concert: 7:30pm

“A HELL RAISING ROCK AND ROLL PARTY” – ROLLING STONE

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Holiday in the stacks: Doodily-doo edition

TR-12_245_Ralph Emery Show, 12_24_1971_Eugene Earle Collection One more tasty holiday treat from the Southern Folklife Collection. From the Eugene Earle Collection (20376), we have Del Reeves doodling’ away at his tune “Santa’s Boy.” This track appeared on transcription disc recording of the Ralph Emery Show, originally aired on Christmas Eve, 1971, call number TR-12-245.

Doodily-do everybody. We’ll see you next year.

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Transcription Disc TR/12-245

Ralph Emery Show No. 1184, 24 December 1971. Special Guest: Sonny James.

“Jingle Bells,” Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
“Only Love Can Break a Heart,” Sonny James.
“Blue Christmas,” Elvis Presley.
“Kentucky,” Sammi Smith.
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry.
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” Ray Price.
“Santa’s Boy,” Del Reeves.
“Do You Hear What I Hear,” Sonny James.
“One’s on the Way,” Loretta Lynn.
“Here Was a Man,” Johnny Cash.
“Baby’s Smile, Woman’s Kiss,” Johnny Duncan.
“Silent Night,” Sonny James.

Holiday in the Stacks: Goldband edition

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small_cfg More holiday tunes from the Southern Folklife Collection. This time from the great Rockin’ Sidney, master tape FT-6771 in the Goldband Recording Corporation Collection (20245). This tape was preserved in the Rivers Studio as part of a current Southern Folklife Collection digitization project, From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The legendary Count Rockin’ Sidney and the Dukes recorded well over 50 zydeco flavored R&B tracks for Shuler’s Goldband Records in the 1960s and 1970s, including this tight grooved holiday jam. From Count Rockin’ Sidney and the Southern Folklife Collection, may your X-mas be a “Soul Christmas” 

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Rivers Dispatch: Christmas in Clarksdale (in June)

Wade Walton, Dockery Farms (ABP-15 #26)_William R. Ferris Collection_20367We’re starting our holiday party in the stacks early this year with a track from the William R. Ferris Collection (20367). This tape, call no. FT-10407, was preserved in the Rivers Studio as part of a current Southern Folklife Collection digitization project, From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Folklorist Bill Ferris celebrated Christmas in the summertime at Wade Walton’s barber shop in Clarksdale, Mississippi (pictured above). One of the patrons played a lively version of “Silent Night” before getting his hair cut. We’re not sure if the smoking monkey was involved, but one can hope. Happy holidays from the Southern Folklife Collection.

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Noble Ray Price, the Cherokee Cowboy

P3910_Standing from left to right: KBBQ disc jockey Hugh Jarrett, musicians Ray Price and Tex Williams, and tailor Nudie Cohn. The four are backstage at the KBBQ First Anniversary Show_Southern Folklife Collection Radio and Television Files (30015)P3910. Standing from left to right: KBBQ disc jockey Hugh Jarrett, musicians Ray Price and Tex Williams, and tailor Nudie Cohn. The four are backstage at the KBBQ First Anniversary Show. Southern Folklife Collection Radio and Television Files (30015).

Country legend, Ray Price died this week at his home in Texas at the age of 87. The “Ray Price Shuffle,” a 4/4 beat developed by the Cherokee Cowboy himself remains a staple of the honky tonk sound. Combined with his velvet voice and countrypolitan ballads, Price changed the sound of Nashville. We picked out a few items from the Southern Folklife Collection to share in remembrance of Price and his lasting legacy. The photo above, P3910 from the Southern Folklife Collection Radio and Television Files (30015) features Price along with one of his great friends, fashion designer Nudie Cohn. Price could often be found on stage wearing one of Cohn’s “Nudie Suits.”  Price’s visual style remained impeccable throughout his career, but it was always his voice that separated him from the rest of the crooners. Listen to his great rendition of the Harlan Howard tune, “Heartache by the Numbers” from call no. 45-1472. 

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45_1472_Ray Price_Southern Folklife CollectionAnother classic from Price’s massive catalog is his hit, “Take Me As I Am (or let me go). This Don Law produced single has the full “Nashville Sound,” a full orchestra and choral arrangement to back Price’s powerful voice and make the syrupy lyrics wonderfully bittersweet. We found a unique promotional flier for the song in the Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name Files (30005), NF1596. These items are but a blip in Price’s 65 year career. We’d love to show you more but you’ll have to make a visit to Wilson Library. For now, let’s sit back and enjoy one more song.

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Goldband Records approved “Sweet Potato Mash”

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Sweet potato patch in Cleveland County,

call no. P0072/0010, Commercial Museum Collection of North Carolina Photographs (P0072)

North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives.

Don’t forget your eat your sweet potatoes tomorrow. No matter whether you roast them, bake them, fry them, hasselback them, or cook them with marshmallows on top, the Southern Folklife Collection has your soundtrack covered thanks to a seasonally appropriate tape from the Goldband Recording Corporation Collection (20245) that came up in the Rivers Studio just this week.

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William Parker Guidry, Jr., came up in Southwest Louisiana and Lake Charles, performing and recording as Bill Parker for a number of labels, including Eddie Shuler’s Goldband Records. A drummer and bandleader, he appears all over the Goldband discography, and the man must have been a huge fan of the sweet potato because he wrote and recorded at least two tunes, including a cha-cha, dedicated to the noble tuber.

For you dear readers and listeners, we have “Sweet Potato Mash” by Bill Parker and his Showboat Band. FT7003 was digitized as part of the Southern Folklife Collection digitization project, From the Piedmont to the Swamplands: Preserving Southern Traditional Music, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Ham, corn and fiddle tunes at Tommy Jarrell’s

20006_pf0081_0029_Alice Gerrard Collection (20006)_Southern Folklife CollectionBack in 2009 we wrote about a field recording, call no. FS8341 from the Alice Gerrard Collection, documenting the Christmas she and Andy Cahan spent with Tommy Jarrell and his daughter Dena in 1983. For those who are interested, they had chicken and “it was so fine.”

That’s not the only holiday recording in the Alice Gerrard Collection. FS8205 was made in 1981 when Alice and a few others, including old-time musician Rusty Neithammer, spent Thanksgiving with Tommy. They had ham, and also some corn, according to the tape.

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How many other holiday menus and recipes were recorded in the process of doing field work that are now held in Wilson Library at UNC? These recordings and thousands more are available for research in the Southern Folklife Collection. There was quite a bit of music at that Thanksgiving celebration, listen to Jarrell’s solo banjo version of “Let Me Fall” and then Rusty Neithammer and Tommy Jarrell twin fiddle one of my favorites, “Rockingham Cindy.”

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The Southern Folklife Collection is thankful to be able to share this with all of you out there. Happy Thanksgiving.