The stars of Stuart Hamblen‘s “Covered Wagon Jubilee” on KMTR Radio in Hollywood, California, ca. 1935. Standing, left to right: Darol Rice, Cliffie Stone, Jim Gummo, Joe Espetallier, Frank Liddell, “Herman the Hermit”, Vince Engel, and Stuart Hamblen. Kneeling: Wesley Tuttle and Skeeter Hubbard. From the JEMF Collection.
On Friday, September 10, the Southern Folklife Collection will be hosting a lecture by DJ and collector Jason Perlmutter, founder of the website CarolinaSoul.org.
A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate (and former WXYC station manager) Perlmutter has been collecting soul recordings from the Carolinas since 2002, and compiled the 2008 Jazzman Records/Now-Again release Carolina Funk: First in Funk, 1968-1977.
Please join us in the Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly room (directions here) on September 10 for a reception at 5:00, to be followed by the lecture at 5:45. The event is free and open to the public (click to enlarge the flyer above for more details).
Fisher Hendley (center) and his Aristocratic Pigs in a late-1930s promotional photo for their daily broadcasts on WFBC Radio in Greenville, South Carolina. The group was sponsored (and named) by Greenville’s Balentine meat packing company. From the JEMF collection.
West Virginia fiddler Ed Haley (1883-1951), photographed ca. 1930s. Though a professional musician, Haley never made a commercial recording due his suspicion that record companies would take unfair advantage of his blindness. Home recordings made late in his life were issued on Rounder Records’ 1976 LP Parkersburg Landing and 1997 CDs Forked Deer and Grey Eagle. Photograph from the Guthrie T. Meade Collection.
The SFC’s D.K. Wilgus Collection is now available, containing the correspondence, writings, research, and teaching materials of D.K. Wilgus (1918-1989), longtime professor of English and Anglo-American Folksong at UCLA. Dr. Wilgus was one of the first scholars to engage in the serious study of “hillbilly music” and was an original member of the John Edwards Memorial Foundation board of directors.
The D.K. Wilgus Collection contains a vast amount of ballad material, including sheet music, songbooks, hymnals, subject files, and over 1,000 items related to ballads about the sinking of the Titanic. The collection also includes Wilgus’ field recordings of ballad singers and musicians in Ireland, recordings of Anglo-American ballad singer Sara Cleveland and steel-guitar player Jimmie Tarlton, and interviews with Ernest Tubb and Ernest V. Stoneman.
Also of interest are thousands of items related to folk music festivals in the United States and Europe, including numerous photographs of the 1964 and 1965 UCLA folk festivals.
Chapel Hill’s Devil Down Recordings has announced the release of “Come and Found You Gone”, The Bill Ferris Recordings, a new CD featuring over an hour of previously unreleased Mississippi Fred McDowell recordings made by Bill Ferris in 1967. From the Devil Down website:
These recordings are different from any other of Fred McDowell due to their very nature: rather than conducted with the production of a record in mind, the recordings were made casually over the course of a night. McDowell is here heard at his best, relaxed and energetic, performing many of his most famous songs as well as songs never before heard. With his foot tapping on the hardwood floor and laughter in the background, “Come and Found You Gone” brings the listener into that hot night in August, 1967, immersing them in the world of the blues house party, and guiding them through the night as it unfolded… The 18 track album includes a 16 page booklet featuring liner notes from blues researcher and Rolling Stone Magazine top 10 Professor Bill Ferris, Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, and leading French blues scholar Vincent Joos. This booklet also contains a dozen award-winning photographs taken by Bill Ferris in 1970 at Otha Turner’s 4th of July picnic in Potts Camp, Mississippi.
Comedian Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, aka “Cousin Minnie Pearl, The Gal From Grinder’s Switch” in a ca. 1940s WSM Grand Ole Opry promotional photo. From the John Edwards Memorial Foundation collection.
Singer Molly O’Day, photographed in 1974. From the John Edwards Memorial Foundation collection.