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Listen To Him [sound recording]

Performer:
Christian Quartet  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
North Carolina
United States
Date:
1985
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Violin  Search this
Religion  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Local number:
Heritage 610
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. rrr
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_357597

Cullen Galyean, Bobby Harrison, and the Virginia Mountain Boys. Vol. 4 [sound recording] / recorded by Eric H. Davidson

Performer:
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Lambeth, David  Search this
Jackson, John W.  Search this
Steinberg, Jerry  Search this
Virginia Mountain Boys  Search this
Commentator:
Davidson, Eric H. 1937-2015  Search this
Newman, Paul  Search this
Creator:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Virginia
United States
Date:
1983
Topic:
Bluegrass music  Search this
String band music  Search this
Local number:
FW03829
Folkways 3829
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231955
Online Media:

Glen Neaves and the Virginia Mountain Boys [sound recording] : Country Blue-grass from Southwest Virginia recorded by Eric H. Davidson, Paul Newman, Lyn Davidson, Jane Rigg, Caleb E. Finch

Performer:
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Melton, Ivor  Search this
Virginia Mountain Boys  Search this
Commentator:
Davidson, Eric H. 1937-2015  Search this
Finch, Caleb 1939-  Search this
Recorder:
Newman, Paul  Search this
Davidson, Lyn  Search this
Rigg, Jane  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Virginia
Date:
1974
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk songs, English  Search this
String band music  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Ballads, English  Search this
Local number:
FW03830
Folkways 3830
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231956
Online Media:

The Virginia Mountain Boys 2 [sound recording] : Blue Grass String Band

Performer:
Virginia Mountain Boys  Search this
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Commentator:
Davidson, Eric H. 1937-2015  Search this
Davidson, Lyn  Search this
Rigg, Jane  Search this
Moyer, Brooke  Search this
Recorder:
Newman, Paul  Search this
Finch, Caleb 1939-  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Virginia
United States
Date:
1977
Topic:
Bluegrass music  Search this
Folk music  Search this
String band music  Search this
Ballads, English  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Local number:
FW03833
Folkways 3833
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231959
Online Media:

Virginia Mountain Boys. Vol. 3 [sound recording] : old time bluegrass from Grayson and Carroll counties, Virginia

Performer:
Virginia Mountain Boys  Search this
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Melton, Ivor  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Lambert, Claudine  Search this
Commentator:
Davidson, Eric H. 1937-2015  Search this
Davidson, Lyn  Search this
Rigg, Jane  Search this
Moyer, Brooke  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Virginia
United States
Date:
1980
Topic:
Bluegrass music  Search this
String band music  Search this
Old-time music  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Local number:
Folkways 3839
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231963

Let me fall [sound recording] : old time bluegrass from the Virginia-North Carolina border / played and sung by Cullen Galyean and Bobby Harrison

Commentator:
Davidson, Eric H. 1937-2015  Search this
Tyler, Paul  Search this
Newman, Paul  Search this
Performer:
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Virginia
United States
Date:
1984
1980-1990
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk songs, English  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Old-time music  Search this
Local number:
FW03910
Folkways 3910
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231997
Online Media:

Southern Folk Heritage Series [sound recording]

Producer:
Lomax, Alan 1915-2002  Search this
Collins, Shirley  Search this
Performer:
Hill, Rosa Lee  Search this
Mainer, Wade 1907-2011  Search this
Riddle, Almeda  Search this
Jones, Bessie 1902-1984  Search this
Smith, Hobart 1897-1965  Search this
Pratcher, Jessie Lee  Search this
Gardner, Mary  Search this
Gardner, Mattie  Search this
Gaskins, Charles  Search this
Ball, E.C. (Estil Cortez) 1913-1978  Search this
Ball, Orna 1907-2000  Search this
Gladden, Texas 1895-1966  Search this
Everidge, Charlie 1894-1969  Search this
Morris, Neil, folk singer  Search this
Young, Ed 1910-1972  Search this
Young, Lonnie 1903-1976  Search this
Hall, Vera 1906-1964  Search this
Carpenter, Bob  Search this
Donaldson, W.A  Search this
Kidd, W.W  Search this
McDowell, Fred  Search this
Smith, Lucius 1889-1980  Search this
Hemphill, Sid 1876-1963  Search this
Higgins, Charlie  Search this
Poe, Charley  Search this
Ward, Wade  Search this
Davis, John  Search this
Lewis, Ed  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Birns, Roy  Search this
Moore, Spence  Search this
Davis, Fannie  Search this
Pratcher, Miles  Search this
Pratcher, Bob  Search this
Forest City Joe 1926-1960  Search this
Pugh, Joe B  Search this
Moore, Johnny  Search this
Reedy, Blair  Search this
Richardson, Larry, banjo player  Search this
Beck, I.D  Search this
Shorty, James  Search this
Lee, Mary and Congregation  Search this
Chrenshaw, R.C. and Congregation  Search this
Townsel, G.I  Search this
James, Viola  Search this
Morrison, Henry  Search this
Dukes, Felix  Search this
MacClellan, Bernice  Search this
Boy Blue 1922-1978  Search this
Lee, Joe  Search this
Jones, Willie  Search this
Rogers, Sonny Boy  Search this
Martin, Thomas  Search this
Dudley, John  Search this
J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (Musical group)  Search this
Mountain Ramblers  Search this
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers  Search this
Wigley. Mattie & Congregation  Search this
St. Simon's Island Singers  Search this
Physical description:
7 phonograph records : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
North Carolina
Arkansas
Virginia
Georgia
Mississippi
Alabama
Kentucky
Tennessee
Galax (Va.)
Saltville (Va.)
Como (Miss.)
Rugby (Va.)
Mountain View (Ark.)
Livingston (Ala.)
Huntsville (Ala.)
Fyffe (Ala.)
Senatobia (Miss.)
Chilhowie (Va.)
Hughes (Ark.)
Lambert (Miss.)
Blackey (Ky.)
Tyro (Miss.)
Memphis (Tenn.)
Birmingham (Ala.)
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
New Brunswick (Ga.)
Parchman (Miss.)
Date:
1961
Topic:
Folk songs  Search this
Appalachian Region, Southern--Songs and music  Search this
Music  Search this
Sea Islands--Songs and music  Search this
Fife and drum corps music  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Ballads  Search this
Outlaw songs  Search this
Gospel music  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Shape-note singing  Search this
String band  Search this
Prisoners' songs  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Spirituals (Songs)  Search this
Sermons  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Jew's harp  Search this
Fife  Search this
Drum  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Quills (Musical instrument)  Search this
Violin  Search this
Mandolin  Search this
Comb  Search this
Harmonica  Search this
Piano  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-LP-3601
Atlantic 1346-1352
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_316505

Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways [sound recording]

Liner notes:
Place, Jeffrey  Search this
Demsey, Lee Michael 1952-  Search this
Performer:
Lilly, Mitchell B  Search this
Taylor, Earl 1929-1984  Search this
Monroe, Bill 1911-1996  Search this
Dickens, Hazel 1935-2011  Search this
Gerrard, Alice 1934-  Search this
Wakefield, Frank  Search this
Allen, Red  Search this
Lilly, Mike  Search this
Allen, Harley  Search this
Seckler, Curley 1919-2017  Search this
Jenkins, Snuffy 1908-1990  Search this
Sprung, Roger  Search this
Watson, Doc  Search this
Moore, Hugh  Search this
Stoneman, Roni 1937-  Search this
Stanley, Carter  Search this
Stanley, Ralph  Search this
Johnson, David 1954-  Search this
Johnson, Billie Ray  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Hobbs, Smiley  Search this
Stover, Don 1928-1996  Search this
Lilly, Everett 1924-2012  Search this
Stony Mountain Boys  Search this
Johnson Mountain Boys  Search this
Blue Grass Boys  Search this
Kentuckians (Musical group)  Search this
Nashville Grass (Musical group)  Search this
Friendly City Playboys  Search this
Country Gentlemen (Musical group)  Search this
New Lost City Ramblers  Search this
Stanley Brothers  Search this
Virginia Mountain Boys  Search this
Lonesome Strangers (Musical group)  Search this
Lilly Brothers  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Maryland
Vienna (Va.)
Virginia
Kentucky
Indiana
Tennessee
South Carolina
New York (N.Y.)
North Carolina
Deep Gap (N.C.)
West Virginia
Washington (D.C.)
Massachusetts
Date:
2002
Topic:
Bluegrass music  Search this
Labor unions--Songs and music  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Violin  Search this
Mandolin  Search this
Bass  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Local number:
SF-COMM-CD-40092
Smithsonian Folkways 40092
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. SI Permission
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records, 1967-2010 228797
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_354975

Bluegrass From the Carolina Mountains [sound recording]

Performer:
Foot Hill Boys  Search this
Johnson, Wayburn  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Producer:
Freeman, David  Search this
Recorder:
Faurot, Charles  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
Mount Airy (N.C.)
North Carolina
United States
Date:
1972
Topic:
Bluegrass music  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Violin  Search this
Local number:
County 731
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. Listening only. No Duplication Allowed
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_357658

Ballads and songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains [sound recording] : persistence and change / recorded in the field by Eric Davidson, Paul Newman, and Caleb Finch

Commentator:
Davidson, Eric H. 1937-2015  Search this
Newman, Paul  Search this
Performer:
Joines, Paul 1926-1979  Search this
Hawkes, Sarah  Search this
Porter, "Granny"  Search this
Ward, Wade  Search this
Reeves, Kilby  Search this
Joines, Polly "Aunt Polly"  Search this
Gravely, Spud  Search this
Smith, Glen  Search this
Melton, Ivor  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Delp, Hobart  Search this
Delp, Larry  Search this
Kyles, Joe  Search this
Vass, Ruby  Search this
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Lambert, Claudine  Search this
Evans, Cliff  Search this
Recorder:
Finch, Caleb 1939-  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Album cover photo:
Davidson, Lyn  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Anglo-American  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Place:
Virginia
United States
Date:
1968
Topic:
Folk music  Search this
Folk songs, English  Search this
Ballads, English  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Local number:
FW03831
Folkways 3831
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231957
Online Media:

Eric H. Davidson audio recordings

Collector:
Davidson, Eric H., 1937-  Search this
Musician:
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Harrison, Bobby  Search this
Jarrell, Tommy, 1901-1985  Search this
Joines, Polly  Search this
Neaves, Glen  Search this
Smith, Glen (Banjo player)  Search this
Spencer, Ed  Search this
Ward, Wade  Search this
Extent:
73 Sound tape reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Audiotapes
Date:
1958-1984
Summary:
This collection contains 73 open reel tapes, made by Eric H. Davidson between 1958-1984, featuring the traditional music of Southern Appalachia.
Scope and Contents:
The Eric H. Davidson audio recordings consists of 73 open reel tapes dating from 1958-1984, featuring field recordings made by Davidson and his colleagues (including Caleb Ellicott Finch, Paul Newman, Lyn Davidson, and Jane Rigg) featuring the traditional music of Southern Appalachia. The recordings were collected primarily in Grayson and Carroll counties in Southwestern Virginia, and adjacent counties in North Carolina.
Arrangement:
The Eric H. Davidson audio recordings are arranged in chronological order. Each open reel tape was assigned a unique number by Eric Davidson.
Biographical / Historical:
Eric H. Davidson was born in 1937, in New York City. He was primarily known as a pioneering developmental biologist, who revolutionized the research of and theoretical framework behind "the gene regulatory networks that perform complex biological processes, such as the transformation of a single-celled egg into a complex organism. His work helped to reveal how the DNA sequences inherited in the genome are used to initiate and drive forward the sequence of steps that result in development." (1)

Davidson's work in biology began at the age of 16, when he began conducting research with cell physiologist L. V. Heilbrunn, a family friend, at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He began as a dish washer at the MBL, but was informed by Heilbrunn that he was also expected to have a research project. This project resulted in a published abstract in the Biological Bulletin on clotting in sand dollars.

Davidson earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and his doctorate from Rockefeller University in 1963. After working as a postdoctoral researcher and faculty member at Rockefeller, he moved to Caltech, where he would spend the rest of his career, beginning as a visiting assistant professor. He was named Norman Chandler Professor of Cell Biology in 1982 and remained there until his death.

His interest in old time music arose at nearly the same time as his interest in biology. His father, a well-known abstract painter, and mother were connected to several people who were hired to do research for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the late 1930's and 40's. At 14, he began to play the 5-string banjo after being introduced to the instrument through his exposure to recordings of Southern Appalachian music recorded as a part of the WPA, held at the Library of Congress.

In college, he played music in cafes. He also got a hold of the log of WPA recordings that were so influential to him. He began to stick pins in maps wherever the recordings were made, and began to notice that most of the pins were clustered in two counties in Southwestern Virginia--Grayson and Carroll counties--and adjacent counties in North Carolina.

In 1956, he began to take trips down to these areas during breaks from school to record musicians that had learned songs and skills through oral tradition, as opposed to the radio or records. He continued to go every year for many years, until the last person he knew had learned by oral tradition passed away. He formed close relationships with many notable musicians during these trips, including Wade Ward (from whom he learned the clawhammer banjo playing technique), Tommy Jarrell, Paul Joines, Glen Neaves, Vester Jones, Ed Spencer, Glen Smith, Cullen Galyean, and Bobby Harrison. He often recorded with his longtime collaborators Caleb Ellicott Finch, Paul Newman, Lyn Davidson, and Jane Rigg. Many of these recordings were released by Moses Asch as Folkways Records albums, produced by Davidson and his collaborators between 1962-1986.

Davidson was interested in the personal, musical, structural, traditional, and historical aspects of Southern Appalachian music. His fieldwork style was to continue to record a musician until they got tired or he'd run out of tape. Then he'd come back the next day, and the next year, and the year after that, until he had recorded everything that musician knew. This gave his work the characteristic of what he described as, borrowing from his scientific background, a longitudinal study. He was able to observe changes in the musical tradition of the region: the transition of traditional ballad singing from a cappella to string band accompaniment, the incorporation of the guitar into the string band ensemble, and the shift from clawhammer to three-finger banjo picking. In an oral history interview with Davidson conducted by the Ralph Rinzler Folklife and Collections in 2015, Davidson said that in his research, he could see how "ballads combine and recombine like genetic organisms in biology."

Davidson was also an accomplished banjo musician in his own right. He formed the Iron Mountain String Band together with Caleb Finch (fiddle), and Peggy Haine (guitar), releasing an album (FA 2473) on Folkways Records in 1973 consisting of songs and tunes learned from his many recording trips into Grayson and Carroll counties.

Eric Davidson died on September 1, 2015 at the age of 78.

1. "Developmental Biologist Eric H. Davidson Passes Away," Caltech News, September 4, 2015, accessed January 5, 2016, http://www.caltech.edu/news/developmental-biologist-eric-h-davidson-passes-away-47772.
Disclaimer:
Please note that some language in this collection is culturally insensitive or offensive to viewers. It is presented as it exists in the original material for the benefit of research and the historical record. The material reflects the culture and context in which it was created and not the views of the Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
An oral history with Eric H. Davidson was conducted by the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections on April 26, 2015. Both the video and transcript is available for researchers. Contact archives staff for information.
Provenance:
Donated by Eric H. Davidson.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu or (202) 633-7322 for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Fiddle tunes -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Folk music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Banjo music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Old-time music -- Appalachian Region, Southern  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Citation:
Eric H. Davidson audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Eric H. Davidson audio recordings, 1958-1985. Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.DAVID
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Eric H. Davidson audio recordings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-david

Classic bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways [sound recording]

Author:
Taylor, Earl 1929-1984  Search this
Monroe, Bill 1911-1996  Search this
Dickens, Hazel  Search this
Gerrard, Alice 1934-  Search this
Allen, Red  Search this
Wakefield, Frank  Search this
Jenkins, Snuffy 1908-1990  Search this
Sprung, Roger  Search this
Watson, Doc  Search this
Moore, Hugh  Search this
Stoneman, Roni  Search this
Johnson, David 1954-  Search this
Johnson, Billie Ray  Search this
Galyean, Cullen  Search this
Hobbs, Smiley  Search this
Stover, Don  Search this
Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings  Search this
Stony Mountain Boys  Search this
Johnson Mountain Boys  Search this
Blue Grass Boys  Search this
Kentuckians (Musical group)  Search this
Harley Allen-Mike Lilly Band  Search this
Nashville Grass (Musical group)  Search this
Friendly City Playboys  Search this
Country Gentlemen (Musical group)  Search this
New Lost City Ramblers  Search this
Stanley Brothers  Search this
Virginia Mountain Boys  Search this
Lonesome Strangers (Musical group)  Search this
Lilly Brothers  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
2002
1956
P2002
Topic:
Bluegrass music  Search this
Call number:
disc 000388
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_745728

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