Back to the Blue Ridge, hosted by Kinney Rorrer, is broadcast Saturday nights from 8 to 10 pm, and Sunday from 2 to 4 pm, on WVTF out of Roanoke, Virginia. The show can be heard streaming on http://wvtf.org/programs/back-blue-ridge
The Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina now has more than 5,000 digitized archival recordings, many of them of old-time music. Recordings from the William R. Ferris, Mike Seeger, and Goldband Recording Corporation Collections are now joined by music from the Alice Gerrard, Bob Carlin, Tom Davenport, and Kevin Delaney Collections, featuring music field-recorded by those collectors. You’ll find the recordings and many other old-time music resources at library.unc.edu/wilson/sfc/.
Across the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian music and cultural history radio show by Paul Brown, has returned to Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s WFDD. The show airs Saturdays at 8 pm EST and Sundays at 6 pm EST, and can be heard, both streaming and archived, at wfdd.org.
A new website, lomaxky.omeka.net, presents field recordings of Kentucky traditional music, stories, and other lore recorded between 1933 and 1942 for the Library of Congress, primarily by John and Alan Lomax. The site, which can be searched by artist, location, genre, and title, is a project of the Association for Cultural Equity, Berea College, the Library of Congress, and the University of Kentucky.
The family of Virginia banjo player Hobart Crabtree (1936 – 2010) has released a newly digitized collection of his recordings (cdbaby.com/cd/hobartcrabtree), and continues to collect memories and memorabilia related to Crabtree’s life, music, and banjo-building. Visit facebook.com/
HobartCrabtree/ to follow the project or contribute information.
Andy Holmaas hosts the Old Time Railroad, a program featuring “old and new old-time music, and of course a few train songs.” The show can be heard between 1:00 and 2:00 pm EST on Allegheny Mountain Radio stations in the West Virginia/Virginia mountain area, and streaming online at alleghenymountainradio.org.
East Tennessee State University student Indiana Hoover has created a new online resource for old-time musicians, the Old-Time Atlas. The website, at oldtimeatlas.org, includes an interactive map of festivals and workshops. Events are also searchable by state or month. Indiana hopes to expand the site to include information about local jams, instrument shops and builders, and traditional music venues; an online form is available to submit information for possible listing.
The Matanuska Mountain Music Hour broadcasts on Radio Free Palmer (HVRF 89.5) from Palmer, Alaska, on Fridays from 7 – 9 pm and Saturdays from 4 – 6 pm (Alaska time). The show can be heard streaming at radiofreepalmer.org, and will soon be available for download as podcasts.
2012 South Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipient Ashley Carder has created the new website scfiddling.com, dedicated to the heritage of fiddle music in South Carolina. The site includes extensive information about individual fiddlers, tunes played by dozens of fiddlers, and links to purchase copies of rare recordings of South Carolina old-time and bluegrass music.
Alain Nicolas has created a website about the Delmore Brothers, featuring biographical information, discographies, and many photos and label scans. The English version of the site is at en.delmore-brothers.com, and the French version at fr.delmore-brothers.com.
Terry Reed hosts a weekly old-time radio show, The Mountain Music Show, on Tuesdays from 2 – 3 pm (repeating Thursdays 6 – 7 pm), broadcasting from WNRV 990 AM in Narrows, Virginia. Free downloads of previous episodes of The Mountain Music Show, as well as the New River Valley Jamboree (which broadcasts on Saturdays from 3 – 4 pm), are available at www.wnrvbluegrassradio.com/archive.html.
John Roten hosts a Saturday-morning radio show, Mountain Music Time, on WPEK 880 AM, in Asheville, North Carolina. John welcomes artists to submit bluegrass and old-time music for possible airplay. Recordings can be sent to John Roten, Mountain Music Time, 13 Summerlin Rd., Asheville, NC, 28806.
Allegheny Mountain Radio, based in Dunmore, West Virginia, has recently completed an hour-long radio documentary about the growing old-time music scene in Pocahontas County, West Virginia (home of the Hammons Family). Passing It On features Pocahontas County musicians of yesterday and today, including the local children and other new enthusiasts who are learning the music. Visit www.alleghenymountainradio.org to find out more about the program.
The Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress reminds OTH readers that the nomination process for the National Recording Registry is open to the public, and your nominations are invited. The Registry is a list of “aesthetically, culturally, or historically important [recordings]…deserving of permanent housing within the nation’s library.” Visit www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/ to see the Registry and offer suggestions. Nominations can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAMU’s Old Time Jam, hosted by Rosemarie Nielson, is broadcasting at a new time, on Fridays from noon to 3:00 EST. You can tune in at 105.5 FM in the Washington, DC, area, or at www.bluegrasscountry.org.
Harry Bolick and Joel Wennerstrom have recorded a tune, “Chubby Dragon,” composed by Bolick in honor of the late Ray Alden. They have made the tune available in mp3 form as a free download at www.harrybolick.com/ray.
Phil and Vivian Williams of Voyager Records have begun posting recordings online from their archive of field recordings of Pacific Northwest fiddlers. The recordings date as far back as the 1960s, and many of the fiddlers featured were born more than a hundred years ago, one as early as 1887. Phil and Vivian write,
This project was started with the realization that most fiddlers and researchers know very little about the great diversity of traditional fiddling found in the Pacific Northwest. This archive helps document many of the Northwest-style dance fiddlers who are no longer with us, as well as the fiddling brought here from different parts of the world that has influenced the repertoire and style of traditional fiddlers in this region.
The tunes, in mp3 format, can be found at www.voyagerrecords.com (click on the picture of the microphone). More recordings will be posted in time, from other field recorders’ collections as well as the Williams’. Email Phil Williams for more information.
Paul Tyler is posting online a large collection recordings, videos, and other materials from his years of fieldwork in Indiana. Included are dozens of recordings by and information about traditional old-time fiddlers, as well as German, Mexican, Macedonian, Balkan, Vietnamese, Serbian, Dalmatian, and other musicians. Also online are video clips from traditional music concerts at the Adler House in Libertyville, Illinois, recordings and other materials from many other musical events in Indiana and Illinois, PDFs of Tyler’s writing about traditional music and dance, and much more. The website where this collection can be found is http://drdosido.net.
In Juneau, Alaska, old-time music can be heard on the radio at KRNN 102.7 FM, between noon and 2 PM (4-6 PM EST), on most Saturdays. On the first Saturday of the month, Chris Trostel plays a broad range of folk music; on second Saturdays Tom Paul plays old-time and other folk styles; on third Saturdays Jack Fontanella plays mostly old-time music, with some bluegrass and Cajun; and in months with a fourth Saturday, Jim and Marsha Stey play old-time, bluegrass, and Canadian fiddle tunes. You can tune in at www.ktoo.org/listen.cfm, by clicking on the Rain Country radio link. Musicians are invited to send their recordings to Mudlark Sampler, KRNN Radio, 360 Egan Dr., Juneau, Alaska 99801-1748.
Radio station WNRV, “The Ridge,” broadcasting from near Narrows, Virginia, has a new traditional music show. “The Mountain Music Hour” is on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 3 PM, featuring regional old-time and related music. Those within the listening area can catch the show on AM 990, and everyone else can listen live at www.wnrvbluegrassradio.com.
Let Your Feet Do the Talkin’, a documentary about Tennessee dancer Thomas Maupin, directed by Stewart Copeland and produced by Copeland and Lora Criner, premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, on February 17. For a trailer and more information about the film, visit www.thomascandance.com.
Yew Piney Mountain, an old-time music radio show hosted by Norbert Sarsfield, can be heard Wednesdays from 6 – 7 PM CST on KRUI 89.7 FM in Iowa City, Iowa. The show also streams live at www.kruiradio.org/listen.
The Junior Appalachian Musicians program has a new website at www.regionaljam.org. The site includes many resources both about the JAM program and about Southern Appalachian music and musicians in general.
On John Seroff’s blog, www.tofuhut.blogspot.com, readers can find two essays by his father, Doug Seroff. The articles, which are supplemented with audio files, scanned source documents, and more, are about the Golden Gate Quartet’s rhtyhmic vocal style and their participation in a 1941 concert at Fisk Univerity, and other events coordinated by Alan Lomax.
Bradley Reeves and Louisa Trott host a new radio program, broadcast Monday nights from 9 to 11 from Knoxville’s WDVX (89.9 and 102.9 FM), and available online at www.wdvx.com/the_vinyl_frontier. The show features rare recordings, many by East Tennessee musicians, on 33, 45, and 78 RPM records, wire recordings, reel-to-reel, eight-track, and cassette tapes, cardboard flexi-discs, 16-inch radio transcription discs, and acetate disc home recordings. Special focuses are obscure local labels and “the kind of record that may or may not cross over to the digital era.”
The Farmertones, a St. Louis-area band that came together to provide music for the reality TV show Farmer Wants a Wife, has released a new old-time CD. The Farmertones are fiddlers Geoff Seitz and Marc Rennard, mandolinist Curt Buckhannon, guitarist Dennis Buckhannon, and banjo player Dave Landreth.
The State Archives of Florida has made available online recordings from Florida Folk Festivals from between 1954 and 1979. Hundreds of hours of free audio can be found at www.floridamemory.com/Collections/folklife/audio.cfm. The State Archives of Florida has three free CDs available as well, including Shall We Gather at the River: African-American Sacred Music from the Florida Folklife Collection, Music from the Florida Folklife Collection, and More Music from the Florida Folklife Collection. A fourth CD of bluegrass music from Florida will be available this summer.
Vivian Williams of Voyager Recordings has put up 50 videos of Northwest Coast fiddlers (mostly WA, but also ID and MT) on YouTube.
Nikolai Fox’s film Music for the Sky premiered at Space Gallery in Portland, ME. The film, which explores a community of eccentric old-time fiddlers playing southern-style fiddle music in the mountains of VT and western MA, revolves around the personalities of eight musicians, each described in a cinematic portrait. Info: Nikolai Fox, www.nikolaifox.com.
The American Folklife Center Card Catalog, covering field recordings made between 1930 and 1950, is now available online. The new resource, called Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog, will provide researchers the convenience of accessing the AFC’s card catalog without traveling to the library. It contains fully researchable bibliographic data representing approximately 34,000 ethnographic sound recordings of the Archive of Folksong Archive. Included among these are the seminal field recordings associated with John A. Lomax’s and Alan Lomax’s Library of Congress collecting work (e.g., Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Jelly Roll Morton), and countless other treasures recorded by collectors such as Herbert Halpert, Zora Neale Hurston, Henrietta Yurchenco, Vance Randolph, and Helen Creighton. The new catalog will be part of the site The Library of Congress Presents Music, Theatre & Dance, at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/afccards/.
The University of Rochester has digitized and made available online its collection of public domain scores and music ephemera. This includes copies of S. S. Stewart’s Banjo and Guitar Journal from the 1890s. Originally published as a magazine to promote their instruments, the journal is filled with fascinating commentary on the state of music of the day. The site is: https://urresearch.rochester.edu/handle/1802/2586.
Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Art Beat has aired the piece they did a few years ago on the monthly Portland square dance, with Foghorn playing and Bill Martin calling. It is archived at the website:http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/videos/view/35-Bill-Martin-Square-Dancing.
The following radio shows are free for downloading through the PRX website: www.prx.org/pieces/177 pre-blues with Robert Crumb and Jerry Zoltan. www.prx.org/pieces/3187 a history of black religious music with interview clips from Ira Tucker of the Dixie Hummingbirds, Isaac Freeman of the Fairfield Four, and many others.
Musician and fiddle maker Joe Thrift will appear on PBS’s the Woodwright’s Shop with host Roy Underhill on Nov. 10. Joe will also be playing some old-time music along with Kelly Breidling, Nick McMillan, and Tom Riccio. For more info, check Joe’s new website: www.josephthriftviolins.com.
New River is a musical documentary directed and produced by Tom Sims, about North Carolina’s Campbell and Brooks families (that included Ola Belle Reed and Guy Brooks of the Red Fox Chasers). It will be broadcast on Public TV WHYY’s Arts Comcast Cable Channel (date TBA). Info: www.abovethelinefilms.com.
West Virginia’s Mountain Stage radio show, based in Charleston, has featured live bluegrass, folk and old-time music performances since 1983. Larry Groce is the host and artistic director, and recent perfomers have included Ken Bloom, Bob Shank, and Rachel Eddy and the Morgantown Rounders Find out more at www.mountainstage.com.
Tune up that radio! Dick Gordon (The Story, North Carolina Public Radio) has a one-hour program about Joe Thompson and The Carolina Chocolate Drops. If you go to http://www. thestory.org, you can download the whole show in mp3 format.
The Tallboys and Paul Silveria can be heard on a radio story on NPR about square dancing in Seattle, WA, and the Northwest. Go to: http://www.kuow.org/DefaultProgram.asp?ID=12524
Radio YUR is North Carolina’s only website 24/7 audio stream to focus exclusively on the traditional music, art, and culture of the Western North Carolina region. With its small-town, friendly format, Radio YUR.com welcomes over 18,000 domestic and international visitors each and every month. Streaming locally produced programs like The KingPup Radio Show, Carolina Live, Carolina Tales, The Liberty Flyer, and Best of the Blue Ridge, radio YUR.com continues to showcase the sights and sounds of North Carolina’s rural communities. Feel free to contact Phil Johnson (www.radioyur.com) with any of your thoughts and suggestions.
Musician and scholar Schlomo Pescoe is currently working on setting up a Banjo Roots Website. His hope is that the site, still a work in progress, will serve as a cyber-meeting place and information center for the online the banjo roots community. Check it out: www.banjoroots.com.