We recognize that some of you might prefer an entrée other than the noble bird when feasting on Thursday. Perhaps, like Curly Ray Cline, you’d rather serve the noble pig and we would not begrudge your decision, just as we would support our vegan folk compatriots with extra helpings of dairy-free pumpkin pie and whip up a casserole for the National Day of Mourning.
I wonder about Curly Ray’s pork preference because he is a personal friend of Dr. Ralph Stanley, and everyone knows, Dr. Stanley can call up some turkeys whenever he pleases. You can learn from the Doctor himself, documented on the record above, call no. FC8559 in the Southern Folklife Collection. Listen:FC8559_Curly Ray Cline_Boar Hog_Turkey Call
Truth is, we at the SFC duly honor the bird (there are at least 148 different versions of “Turkey in the Straw” in the Collection), but perhaps not as much as the legendary steel guitarist, Red Rhodes**, whose “Great American Thunder Turkey” from his 1979 release on Ashire Records Steel Guitar, call no. FC14363, has become the soundtrack to our archival lives.FC14363_RedRhodes_GreatAmericanThunderTurkey
Yet again, a Southern Folklife Collection researcher query pointed me to an unfamiliar item. Paging through Fretts magazine, “news from the instrument world,” was a treat. We have a number of issues from the magazine’s 10 year publication run. Fretts featured a variety of articles: including profiles of prominent players across the musical spectrum, from classical to country and rock, as well as articles on guitar playing techniques, and technical histories of the instruments themselves. See the full list of issues available at the SFC in the UNC Library online catalog. We especially enjoyed the Fender guitar advertisements like the one below from the back page of vol. 1, 1965. I have never played a Stratocaster while skating, might have to remedy that come Thanksgiving.
Also, the Southern Folklife Collection is pleased to announce the launch of our new homepage. Check it out at the following link and tell us what you think. http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/
In honor of election day we pulled out this Roy Acuff election poster from his run for governor in 1948. Signed “Sincerely, Roy Acuff, Aug. 26-72.” Call no. XOP30021_31, from the Southern Folklife Collection Posters, 1847-2008. Happy voting, y’all.
Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West, Capitol Records recording session, 1950s.