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Southern Folk Heritage Series

Recorder:
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002  Search this
Field worker:
Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002  Search this
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
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
7 Phonograph records (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Place:
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Songs and music
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
Contents:
Sounds of the South --Blue Ridge Mountain music --Roots of the blues --White spirituals --American folk songs for children --Negro church music --The Blues roll on.
Track Information:
501 Johnson's Old Grey Mule / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (Musical group), Wade Mainer.

502 My Little Red Rooster / Almeda Riddle.

503 Whoa Mule / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (Musical group), Wade Mainer.

504 Froggie Went A-Courtin' / Almeda Riddle.

505 Glen's Chimes / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (Musical group), Wade Mainer.

506 Chick-A-Li-Lee-Lo / Almeda Riddle.

507 Old Joe Clark / Mountain Ramblers.

508 Go Tell Aunt Nancy / Almeda Riddle.

509 Train 111 / J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (Musical group), Wade Mainer.

510 Johnny Cuckoo / Bessie Jones.

511 Mama Buy Me a Chiney Doll / Almeda Riddle.

512 Soldier, Soldier / Hobart Smith. Banjo.

513 Mary Mack / Jessie Lee Pratcher, Mary Gardner, Mattie Gardner.

514 Hambone / Bessie Jones, Charles Gaskins.

515 Banging Breakdown / Hobart Smith. Banjo.

516 Green Sally Up / Jessie Lee Pratcher, Mary Gardner, Mattie Gardner.

517 Sometimes / Bessie Jones, Charles Gaskins.

518 Arkansas Traveler / Hobart Smith. Banjo.

519 Paper of Pins / E.C. Ball, Orna Ball.

520 The Little Dappled Cow / Texas Gladden.

521 Go to Sleep Little Baby / Bessie Jones, Charles Gaskins.

101 Banks of the Arkansas / Charlie Everidge, Neil Morris. Jew's harp.

101 Wave the Ocean / Charlie Everidge, Neil Morris. Jew's harp.

102 Hen Duck / Ed Young, Lonnie Young. Fife,Drum.

103 The Farmer's Curst Wife (Child No. 278)./ E.C. Ball, Orna Ball.

104 Boll Weevil Holler / Vera Hall.

105 Jesse James / Mountain Ramblers.

106 Kenny Wagner / Bob Carpenter.

107 Trouble So Hard / Vera Hall.

108 Baptizing Scene / W.A. Donaldson.

109 Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus / W.A. Donaldson.

110 Windham / W.W. Kidd.

111 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning / Fred McDowell. Guitar.

112 Come On Boys Let's Go to the Ball / Lucius Smith, Sid Hemphill. Quills (Musical instrument).

113 Paddy on the Turnpike / Charlie Higgins, Charley Poe, Wade Ward. Guitar,Fiddle.

114 Join the Band / John Davis.

115 I Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down / Ed Lewis.

201 Cotton Eyed Joe / Mountain Ramblers, Cullen Galyean. Banjo,Guitar.

202 Big Tilda / Mountain Ramblers. Banjo,Guitar.

203 Jennie Jenkins / E.C. Ball, Orna Ball.

204 Jimmy Sutton / Roy Birns, Spence Moore. Guitar,Mandolin.

205 John Henry / Mountain Ramblers, Cullen Galyean. Banjo,Guitar.

206 Rosewood Casket / Mountain Ramblers, Cullen Galyean. Banjo,Guitar.

207 Silly Bill / Mountain Ramblers. Banjo,Guitar.

209 Chilly Winds / Wade Ward. Banjo.

210 The Old Hickory Cane / Mountain Ramblers, Cullen Galyean. Banjo,Guitar.

208 Big Ball in Boston (Big Ball in Cowtown) / Mountain Ramblers, Cullen Galyean. Banjo,Guitar.

211 John Brown / Hobart Smith. Banjo.

212 Poor Ellen Smith / Hobart Smith. Banjo.

213 Liza Jane / Mountain Ramblers. Banjo,Guitar.

214 Shady Grove / Mountain Ramblers, Cullen Galyean. Banjo,Guitar.

301 Jim and John / Ed Young, Lonnie Young. Fife,Drum.

307 Chevrolet (Diamond Ring) / Ed Young, Lonnie Young. Fife,Drum.

308 Oree / Ed Young, Lonnie Young. Fife,Drum.

302 Wild Ox Moan, The (Black Woman) / Vera Hall.

303 Been Drinkin' Water Out of a Hollow Log / Fred McDowell. Guitar.

305 Shake 'Em on Down / Fred McDowell, Fannie Davis, Miles Pratcher. Guitar,Comb.

312 Freight Train Blues / Fred McDowell. Guitar.

304 All Nihgt Long / Miles Pratcher, Bob Pratcher. Guitar,Fiddle.

306 Levee Camp Reminiscience / Forest City Joe, Joe B. Pugh. Harmonica.

309 Levee Camp Holler / Johnny Moore.

310 Eighteen Hammers / Johnny Moore.

311 Train Time / Forest City Joe, Joe B. Pugh. Harmonica.

313 Drink on Little Girl / Forest City Joe, Joe B. Pugh. Harmonica.

401 Tribulations / E.C. Ball, Blair Reedy, Larry Richardson. Guitar.

402 When I Get Home / E.C. Ball, Blair Reedy, Larry Richardson. Guitar.

403 Wayfairing Stranger / E.C. Ball. Guitar.

408 Please Let Me Stay a Little Longer / E.C. Ball, Blair Reedy, Larry Richardson. Guitar.

409 Father, Jesus Loves You / E.C. Ball. Guitar.

410 Lonesome Valley / E.C. Ball, Orna Ball, Blair Reedy, Larry Richardson. Guitar.

411 Father Adieu / E.C. Ball. Guitar.

414 The Cabin on the Hill / E.C. Ball, Orna Ball, Blair Reedy, Larry Richardson. Guitar.

404 Baptizing Down by the Creek / Mountain Ramblers. Banjo,Guitar.

412 The Old Country Church / Mountain Ramblers. Banjo,Guitar.

405 Baptizing Down by the Creek / I.D. Beck.

406 Antioch / W.W. Kidd, Alabama Sacred Harp Singers.

407 Calvary / W.W. Kidd, Alabama Sacred Harp Singers.

413 Little Moses / Neil Morris. Guitar.

601 Death, Have Mercy (Oh Death) / Vera Hall.

602 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me / Fred McDowell, James Shorty.

603 Jesus is Real to Me / Lee, Mary and Congregation.

604 I Love the Lord / Chrenshaw, R.C. and Congregation.

605 A Sermon Fragment / G.I. Townsel.

606 I'm Going Home on the Morning Train / Chrenshaw, R.C. and Congregation.

607 Power / Wigley. Mattie & Congregation.

608 On That Rock / Ed Young, Lonnie Young, Viola James. Fife,Drum.

609 Jesus on the Main Line / James Shorty, Viola James.

610 This Little Light of Mine / James Shorty, Viola James.

611 I'm Gonna Sail Like a Ship on the Ocean / St. Simon's Island Singers, Henry Morrison.

612 Blow Gabriel / Bessie Jones, John Davis, St. Simon's Island Singers.

613 Motherless Children / Fred McDowell, Felix Dukes.

614 What Do You Think About Jesus (He's All Right) / Bernice MacClellan.

701 Boogie Children / Boy Blue, Joe Lee, Willie Jones. Guitar,Harmonica.

702 She Lived Her Life Too Fast / Forest City Joe, Sonny Boy Rogers, Thomas Martin. Guitar,Harmonica.

706 She Don't Love Me That Way / Forest City Joe, Sonny Boy Rogers, Thomas Martin. Guitar,Harmonica.

707 Stop Breaking Down / Forest City Joe, Sonny Boy Rogers, Thomas Martin. Guitar,Harmonica.

711 Red Cross Store / Forest City Joe. Piano.

712 Forest City Jump / Forest City Joe, Sonny Boy Rogers, Thomas Martin. Guitar,Harmonica.

708 Joe Lee's Rock / Boy Blue, Joe Lee, Willie Jones. Guitar,Harmonica.

703 Drop Down Mama / Fred McDowell. Guitar.

710 When You Get Home, Write Me a Few of Your Lines / Fred McDowell. Guitar.

704 Sitting on Top of the World / Ed Young, Lonnie Young. Fife,Drum.

705 Cool Water Blues / John Dudley. Guitar.

709 Bullyin' Well / Rosa Lee Hill. Guitar.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-3601

Atlantic.1346-1352
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Atlantic 1961
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, United States.
General:
Program notes by Gary Kramer and the editor on containers ; discussion of the music and musicians by the editor ([4] p.) inserted in containers. Production notes: Recorded summer 1959.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Folk songs -- United States  Search this
Music -- Juvenile  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
Shape-note singing  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-3601
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ff64915b-3da1-4175-a761-bd317bfcaed0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref17842

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.
Shared Stewardship of Collections:
The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, please visit https://folklife.si.edu/archives#shared-stewardship.
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 to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more 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
See more items in:
Eric H. Davidson audio recordings
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk52c2d3cd3-b94b-423c-9ac8-a24b224bf680
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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