Songs from the Vault
78-rpm Records and Field Recordings
I made this recording of "Amazing Grace" at the Jettie Baker Center in Clintwood, Dickenson County, Virginia.I was asked to do a talk on the sacred music traditions of Virginia, and, a few days before the show, the host called me. and asked, "Could a few local groups perform before the talk"? I was excited at the prospect, especially when I heard that one of the groups was an Old Regular Baptist congregation.The Emmanuel Singers deliver a powerful performance and I also talked theology with Elder Carvel Edwards. I also stayed at the Ralph Stanley Museum--an appropriate prelude to the concert.
Here are songs from my collection. My collecting focuses on American old-time string bands and fiddling, vernacular sacred music (especially sacred quartets), blues, and some traditional ethnic material, mostly Hawaiian, French-Canadian, and Irish. All of these recordings are a musical message from the past in aural form. Some are field recordings I've made; others are from "junking" trips to find unusual, early sound recordings.