The Holiday Season is upon us again. The SFC’s Ralph Epperson Collection holds several recordings from WPAQ Radio that are related to, or were recorded on, Christmas Day.
FT-8006 “Christmas Time is Coming”, WPAQ Merry-Go-Round Jam Session. (Glen McPeak, Rex Hodges, Walter McMillian, Amos Dawson, and Clyde Johnson.) December 19, 1981:
FT-8006 Christmas Time is Coming WPAQ Merry Go Round Jam Session. Glen McPeak, Rex Hodges, Walter McMillian, Amos Dawson, and Clyde Johnson December 19, 1981
FT-9745 “Ballad Of The Lawson Family”, WPAQ Merry-Go-Round, Kinney Rorrer and Sweet Sunny South from April 21, 1984:
FT-9745 Ballad Of The Lawson Family WPAQ Merry-Go-Round Kinny Rorrer and Sweet Sunny South April 21, 1984
Other notable recordings include FT-8074-FT-8076 – the WPAQ Merry-Go-Round on Christmas Morning Jam Session that took place December 25, 1982, with a variety of WPAQ area favorites:
FT-8075 Merry-Go-Round on Christmas Morning Jam Session December 25, 1982
Recently found in the Ralph Epperson Collection, from the recordings of WPAQ Radio in Mount Airy, NC, was a delightful tape of Clyde Johnson and the Stringdusters from the June 15, 1985 broadcast of the WPAQ Merry-Go-Round, a weekly live radio program for local musicians. The Stringdusters had a rotating membership that always included Clyde Johnson, host of the Merry-Go-Round for 47 years (until his death in 2007). Highlights include two songs sung by Rafe Brady, “Take A Drink On Me” & “Waltz Across Texas With You”. Rafe’s unique blend of character and warmth in his aging voice helped give the program it’s usual down home feel.
The entire Ralph Epperson Collection has now been digitized for preservation and access. This work was made possible though support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Take A Drink On Me”: take-a-drink-on-me
“Waltz Across Texas”: waltz-across-texas
SFC Audio Engineer John Loy in the Rivers Studio
This month the Southern Folklife Collection is celebrating the preservation of our 10,000th recording. Over the years the SFC staff have spent many hours restoring and preserving all types of media in a wide variety of conditions, transferring at risk recordings to digital preservation masters. These preservation masters are created under optimal playback conditions in our Rivers Studio (pictured), and transferred according to best archival practices. We hope that our efforts will provide access to at risk recordings for years to come.
Listen to a clip from our 10,000th preservation master, Billy Faier singing “Wreck of the Old 97”, from the Billy Faier Collection: wreck-of-the-old-97