Saturday, December 18, 2010

Family Research Fellowship Finale

We returned to Frankfort last week for our last two days of research at the Kentucky Historical Society to complete our full week of the Family Research Fellowship on Frances and John's family and musical legacy.  We actually spent the night on Friday this time, which made the second day far less stressful.

Timi continued genealogical research in Harlan Mountain Roots as well as other publications like Kentucky Kinfolk, a publication of the Knox County Genealogical Society, and Gateway: The Journal of the Bell County Historical Society.  She found references to her mamaw's grandparents who she grew up with and several of her uncles.  Ultimately, Timi would like to return to the KHS with her uncle Tim when the library reopens in the spring because he has additional genealogical knowledge that would be beneficial while researching.

I continued my scan through the Harlan Daily Enterprise in the microfilm room.  There was another set of ads in 1942 for the New Harlan Theatre that Frances mentioned in her oral history interview.  One is advertising the amateur auditions and one is for the actual amateur show.

Harlan Daily Enterprise, Sunday, January 11, 1942 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-0106)
Harlan Daily Enterprise, Sunday, January 11, 1942 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-0106)
Harlan Daily Enterprise, Sun. Jan. 2, 1945 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-0107)
I found several more contextual pieces of Harlan history.  For example, there was a regular  schedule of WHLN news and a weekly Fuller's ad now focusing on its musical offerings.  

Harlan Daily Enterprise, Thursday, January 1, 1948 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-0107)
I finally found some direct mentions of John Reedy and the Stone Mountain Hillbillies in 1945.  One is the new radio schedule when WHLN joined Mutual Broadcasting's Good Coal Network, which includes a daily show by the Stone Mountain Hillbillies at 3:30 p.m.

Harlan Daily Enterprise, Sunday, March 18, 1945 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-107)
The other find is an announcement about an upcoming show featuring John Reedy and the Stone Mountain Hillbillies at the Bardo Theatre.
Harlan Daily Enterprise, Wednesday, August 22, 1945 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-108)
There was a period in March--April 1945 that all mentions of WHLN were primarily dry rally notices and countless preachers and citizen speakers urging the community to "vote yes" to vote Harlan County dry.  I didn't see a direct report of the vote's outcome, but later there was a notice in April announcing that alcohol-selling establishments had agreed to stop sales on Sunday.

The Reedys started appearing again on WHLN radio schedules with weekly shows in 1948.  They were first listed as "John Reedy" on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.  Then they took off for several weeks in August, September, and October and came back on October 22 as the "Stone Mt. Hillwilliams" at 11:30 a.m.  Finally, they wrap up the year in December as the "Stone Mt. Hillbillys" at 9:45 a.m.  (This version of the ad below was printed on December 31, 1948, which was Frances' 26th birthday.)
Fri. Dec. 31, 1948 (Box 98-110)

Fri. Feb. 20, 1948 (Box 98-109)

Fri. Oct. 22, 1948 (Box 98-110)
In Frances' oral history, she talks about playing with various well-known musicians in Harlan and elsewhere.  for example, she specifically mentions Bill Monroe and Earnest Tubb playing in Harlan.  Having found the concert ads for both in the newspaper, we've likely pinpointed the dates of the events she referenced.

Harlan Daily Enterprise, Sunday, June 10, 1945 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-107)
Harlan Daily Enterprise, Monday, February 2, 1948 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-109)

I began my newspaper review in 1936 and ended it in 1948.  There were a couple of significant gaps in years in which there would likely have been some reference to the Reedys' radio or live shows: all of 1941, July 1942 through the and of 1944, and all of 1946 and 1947.  So at least we know to search for these missing issues of the newspaper at UK or in Harlan.  We've already made preliminary contact with some archivists in Harlan, so that's an interesting lead for follow-up!

We're also excited about returning to the Berea College Special Collections and Archives to follow some additional new leads as well as wrap up a couple of unfinished collections there.  So we'll spend some time there this winter while the KHS library is closed.  We're already thinking ahead to March when we can return for more research!  I know Timi wants to bring her uncle to look at the genealogical publications again.  And I would like to return to the microfilm newspapers, but I'd also like to resume browsing the oral history collections we began.

We are very grateful for the kindness and assistance of Kentucky Historical Society library staff throughout our multiple research visits.  We are especially thankful for the careful time and attention given by Jim Kastner, Library Services Administrator, and Sarah Milligan, Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) Program Administrator, and of course, for the Family Research Fellowship funding that made our visits to Frankfort possible.  Happy Holidays to all KHS staff and to all regular readers and supporters of our project!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Family Fellowship Friday

We went back to Frankfort Friday to continue our research at the Kentucky Historical Society.  We had planned to go back again today, but the weather turned unexpectedly blizzardous.  So we will have to find another day this week, in addition to our plan to go next Saturday, to complete our full week of study for the Family Research Fellowship.

Timi mostly resumed looking through the collection of Harlan County Roots newsletters and also started looking through some Bell County materials since that's where some of her mamaw's family was from.  She recognized numerous ancestral surnames all throughout the various communities in Harlan County and felt like she was wandering in their midst by following their paths of marriage, offspring, and residence.

I began the day by browsing through the family history section and several shelves of state-specific materials that would pertain to the Reedys' own path of music and migration.  For example, I browsed the table of contents for the Journal of East Tennessee History and several issues of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, which was a little cumbersome to read through them manually.  I looked at both publication websites to see if they might have an index or at least a link to all of their tables of contents, but sadly, they did not.  I'd hoped to find some material on the music scenes in Bristol and Johnson City, but most of the material seemed to focus on Andrew Jackson or the Civil War rather than more contemporary history.

The last time we were here, I was confused about not finding any issues of the Harlan Daily Enterprise.  Then yesterday I checked the list of Kentucky newspapers held in the microfilm room and discovered that they had copies on reels for roughly 1928 through 1968.  I began with 1936, the year Frances and John were married, but this was likely before they practiced and performed formally as a band.  There were always weekly ads for the New Harlan Theatre, which Frances mentioned in her oral history interview, but they mostly publicized feature films in the late 1930's.

According to the liner notes for "The Early Days of Bluegrass, Volume 1," Frances and John played on WHLN  for over 17 years, and their show was sponsored by Fuller’s Furniture.  One of the first Fuller's newspaper ads to appear in the Enterprise was in 1939 under the name of "Fuller's Bargain Store" in Evarts, Kentucky.  That was also the year that John wrote" Somebody Touched Me."

Harlan Daily Enterprise, Friday, October 20,1939 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-0103)
From Frances' personal memorabilia, we have a copy of a newspaper article" Reminiscing" about WHLN, Harlan's first radio station.  There is no date or newspaper title on it, but it seems likely that it was a local memoir published in a much later issue of the Enterprise.

"Of Harlan's First Radio Recalled," Unknown Newspaper Article *

This article notes that WHLN  first began in 1941, which is unfortunately one of the years that is completely missing from the KHS microfilm collection.  However, I found an ad from January 1942 inviting local acts to audition and play at the New Harlan Theatre, which Frances mentioned in her oral history interview.

Harlan Daily Enterprise, January 5, 1942 (KHS Microfilm Box 98-0106)
Earlier ads for the theatre mostly included feature films, but following the ones for amateur auditions, they began to include some headline acts and local performers for live radio broadcast on WHLN.  And this is where I was when the library closed!   I knew I was onto something, and I couldn't wait to return to the microfilm collection and discover the documentation of the Reedy's radio career.  "The Early Days of Bluegrass" liner notes recounts that "While in Harlan they'd advertise in the 'Harlan Enterprise' and print up a lot of 5x7 cards."  We definitely have copies of their promotional cards from Frances' memorabilia, and now it seems certain that will find the newspaper ads for their radio shows and other public performances in Harlan... when the weather cooperates and we can resume our research at the library.

So for now, we must sit snowed in, in suspenseful anticipation of what the Harlan Daily Enterprise holds when we return.  But there is still another important element of the WHLN story to share.  While the "Early Days of Bluegrass" liner notes erroneously refer to Frances and John as a "sister/ brother group," the overall historical and biographical information they provide is quite detailed and useful.  For example," they were hooked up with the Good Coal Network and played live 4 stations at a time, going from one to the other: Norton, Big Stone Gap, Harlan, etc."

Among Frances' copious collection of family and musical memorabilia, we have a copy of a well-worn recommendation letter for John Reedy from the President of the Good Coal Network of WHLN , WCPM, and WNVA.

John Reedy Recommendation Letter *

This letter was written in 1953 and shows obvious wear from repeated re-use.  Since John and Frances first migrated north to Dayton in the early 1950's, this letter was likely part of their passport into radio and recording studios in Ohio as well as Nashville.

A final piece of obscure radio history is this news clipping of a radio schedule for WCPM in Cumberland.  Penpal and grassroots music collector and researcher Matt Baker shared this with us last year, but he doesn't know the exact source.  (Stone Mountain Hillbillies at 4:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday!)

WCPM Radio Program Schedule, Unknown Newspaper *

* All documents noted with an asterisk are from Frances Reedy's personal memorabilia collection (except for Matt Baker's WCPM schedule) and are housed in the Berea College Special Collections and Archives.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey-Birthday 2010

Even though we previously included the “Holidays With Frances” video on our inaugural blog post, it seemed appropriate to re-post it in memory of the last Thanksgiving that we spent with her in 2005, which was also the last time that Timi’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving.

Since today is Timi’s Thanksgiving birthday again, I wanted to make her a present that would honor Frances in a unique way.  So I made her a CD of “Frances Reedy’s Greatest Hits” (AKA “Timi’s 2010 Turkey-Birthday Playlist”) that features her mamaw’s vocals on all of the tracks.  Most of the songs are commercial recordings, but some are from the reel-to-reel tapes that were digitized or even audio tracks that were converted from video footage.

Song Title (Source)
Sound Check; Frances Talking on Phone (Reel-to-reel)
Driftwood (Twin City 1021)
Cherokee Lady (Viola Records VR 225)
Grandad's Fiddle (Viola Records)
Moonlight and Music (Viola Records)
Tiny Bitty Pieces (Jewel 1017)
Little Sparrow (Christmas 1980 Home Video)
Go Your Way Now And I'll Go Mine (Reel-to-reel)
You Take One Step-He’ll Take Two (Reel-to-reel)
Starday Hall of Fame Radio Intro to ‘Oh Death’ (Reel-to-reel) 
Oh, Death (John Reedy 502)
Somebody's Been Praying for Me (John Reedy CP-6151)
Prayer Is Worth More Than Silver or Gold
We Can Please God (John Reedy CP-6151)
My Warfare Soon Will Be Ended (Starday SEP 199)
Stay a Little Longer (Christmas 1980 Home Video)
Somebody Loves You Darlin' (Reel-to-reel)
I’ll Fly High Up In the Kingdom (Starday SEP 199)
Grandfather's Clock (1996 Oral History Video)
John & Frances talking (Reel-to-reel)

I know that Timi is immeasurably grateful for the gift of her mamaw while growing up, and I’m likewise grateful to have known Frances during the last part of her life.  This playlist is actually a present for both of them: as a special Turkey-birthday compilation for Timi and as a complete “album” of songs that represents, validates, and channels Frances’ voice beyond simply being one of her husband’s “hillbillies.”

While I only knew her for a brief time compared to Timi, Frances and I shared a special bond that actually revolved around our birthdays.  Hers was on December 31, mine January 1, and my mom’s January 2; a Capricorn powerhouse in Sagittarius as far as Timi was concerned!  So I had found the footage from the 2005 Turkey-birthday, and I put together the “Holidays” video on December 31, 2006, which was Frances’ first birthday we celebrated without her. 

Happy Turkey-birthday, Timi; we love, miss, and are thankful for you still, Mamaw…

Monday, November 22, 2010

First Days of Family Research Fellowship

Timi researching in the KHS reading room
Several months ago, we were awarded a Family Research Fellowship from the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS).  We had originally planned to conduct a continuous week of research during October, but with the convergence of my two part-time jobs, we had to reconfigure our research schedule.  So we decided to spread out the full week we proposed across several weekends before the library closes its doors to the public for three months of in-house organization.  This weekend we spent two full days (Friday and Saturday) starting our first research shift at the KHS Martin F. Schmidt Research Library and Special Collections.

We were pleased to finally meet Jim Kastner, Library Services Administrator, who helped us coordinate our visit and gather research materials from our proposal.  We also had a wonderful conversation with Sarah Milligan, Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC) Program Administrator, who we met through our participation in the Community Scholars Program.  We caught up on some of the interesting discussions and presentations that she participated in while attending the Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  She retrieved the oral history materials that we planned to review as well as a couple of interviews from another collection that she thought might be helpful.

Both days at the library were extremely educational and productive and slightly overwhelming.  We quickly realized how short our scheduled time actually was and that we will likely return when the library reopens in March to conduct additional research beyond the formal fellowship period.  We began by exploring several collections and publications that we listed in our original fellowship proposal, some of which were more relevant than others.  For example, I was disappointed to discover a that the Bluegrass Music News publication was not about "Bluegrass music" at all but rather music education in the Bluegrass region.  The subtitle Official Publication of the Kentucky Music Educators Association should have been a clue from the beginning, but I think I just glossed over that detail in my eagerness to find relevant resources.  However, for the most part, we found several interesting facts and leads in the preliminary sources we selected.

Two of the collections that Sarah pulled for us were the Renfro Valley Barn Dance Oral History Project and the Sarah Gertrude Knott/John Lair Oral History Project.  Timi read through the Renfro Valley transcripts, and I began looking through the Knott/Lair interview logs.  Timi kept laughing out loud while she was reading the interview transcripts for Manual "Ol' Joe" Clark.  He was quite a character and apparently far more bold and brazen in his interview humor than his family-friendly comedy routines at Renfro Valley.  Timi recalls meeting him a few times when she was a kid, and her grandmother remembered him fondly in her stories about playing there.

She found Clark's and Jim Gaskin's interviews the most interesting and relevant because they referred to more of the lesser known artists who performed at Renfro Valley and talked about the roving tent shows and community gigs that they played around the region.  They both also offered an honest account of the way in which Lair controlled the ultimate level of fame and financial success for many artists.  While neither reference the Reedys directly, the information about the conditions of some of the more working-class musicians provides a substantial context for their experience performing at and for Renfro Valley.

Jim Gaskin was also interviewed in an additional collection that Sarah pulled for us, which was the Folklife of Kentucky River Oral History Project.  In fact, he is interviewed in several oral history projects at KHS, so we'll make sure to request his interviews from these additional collections when we return to the library in a couple of weeks.  We must also find out if he is still around, and if so, perhaps find a way to talk to him directly.

I mostly skimmed through the interview logs pertaining to Sarah Gertrude Knott as she was not directly relevant to our project.  In the folders about John Lair, I read through the interviews with three of his four daughters: Virginia, Nancy, and Barbara.  Some of them also referred to more obscure performers, but they mostly recount memories of the primary well-know players.  They were all born in the 1930's and 40's, so there may also be a possibility that some of them are still around as well.  They really loved their father and had many interesting tales about growing up in the middle of the Renfro Valley compound throughout its heyday.

One of Lair's daughters referenced Emory Martin, one of the performers affiliated with the tent shows, and she indicated that he may have kept a journal about them.  I'm not sure where we would find out more about this, but such documentation would be invaluable.  I've only begun looking through this collection, but there are already several leads to follow.  I'm looking forward to resuming my review of interview logs with Loyal Jones' folder when we return.

Another fruitful item on our original list of sources was the grassroots genealogy publication Harlan Mountain Roots.  Timi started looking through these because she would more easily recognize names and photos of her actual or possible ancestors from Harlan County.  She found a lot of references to family members or family names and wants to go back to some of the issues she's already reviewed and look at them again.  She learned so much more about the history of the community and was surprised to discover that the railroad did not come to Harlan until 1911, and prior to the subsequent coal boom, it was a community of subsistence farmers known as Mount Pleasant for its breathtaking beauty.  So Timi's grandparents were born and raised during Harlan's massive economic and population explosion.

Our original resource list included some books about Appalachian migration and regional music such as Bluegrass: A History; Invisible Minority, Urban Appalachians; and Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky.  I browsed the music indexes for references to the Reedys, and like most historical accounts focuses on more mainstream artists.  They definitely provided other topical and contextual leads, but I later looked to see if they were at the Berea College library as well.  Rather than spend too much time reading and taking notes from these and several other relevant books I discovered by browsing, I decided to make a list of them and their call numbers at Hutchins Library so we can just check them out later.

In addition to the preset list of materials we planned to explore, I found several spontaneous and serendipitous sources by browsing and following leads.  For example, in the vertical files I found a collection of articles about miscellaneous Kentucky musicians, and there was a newspaper article from a 1990 edition of The State Journal about then-Frankfort resident Guthrie Meade who played the fiddle and maybe a couple of other instruments.  However, he's most famous for compiling a comprehensive discography of traditional and country music, including artists, composers, and recordings, which his wife donated to the University of North Carolina (UNC) after his death in 1991.  He also published a book version called Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music, which I discovered is available in the Berea College Special Collections (Call # 781.621 M481c).  The book is obviously more accessible than his complete discography and correspondence, but we would like to figure out how we might be able to arrange a visit to the UNC Southern Folklife Collection to review the Meade (and other) materials firsthand. 

The Meade collection also led me to a really interesting online exhibit called Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol.  "The materials used in the exhibit were arranged around a rough chronology outlined in Archie Green's "Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol" a landmark article published in the Journal of American Folklore in 1965."  The site includes several images of old record labels, like Okeh and Vocalion, that are among the numerous vinyl recordings in Frances Reedy's personal record collection.  It also provides an important history of the early country music that Reedy's listened to as well as its evolution as "hillbilly music."

Through my brief browsing of books, I found reference to an article on "Small Specialty Record Companies in the United States" that was published in the JEMF Quarterly published by the John Edwards Memorial Foundation.  I had never heard of the publication, so I ended up searching for a reference in Google Books and inadvertently discovered a reference to John Reedy and the Stone Mountain Hillbillies in a 1979 issue!  The image snippets of the pages were incomplete and hard to read, but fortunately there are hard copies of the JEMF Quarterly 784.4 J65q).  So we have several items to follow up on during our next trip to Hutchins Library. in the Berea College Special Collections.

Timi and I both learned, through separate sources, that the call letters for the radio station in Bristol, TN/VA when her grandparents might have played there were WCYB.  As noted in previous posts, their first commercial recording was a 78 of "Somebody Touched Me" on the Bristol "Twin City" label.  So I did an online search and found that there is a collection of WCYB Radio Tapes at the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Center for Appalachian Studies and Services.  The Reedys are not listed among the artists on the recordings in the collection, but they would provide an interesting soundtrack for the time period and some of the artists they likely encountered. 

From previous internet searches, I was already familiar with the "Women in Bluegrass" newsletter published by banjoist Murphy Henry from 1994 to 2003.  I had even sent her a link to our project blog when we first began our Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship.  So it was not really a surprise to find some references to her and the keynote address she gave at the IBMA tradeshow in 1998 that gave birth to her newsletter.  But most recently I discovered that she also maintains a blog that includes more recent updates and references to the topic of "women in Bluegrass," so I'm going to try and touch base with her again to see if she has any information or leads in terms of Frances' history or her female contemporaries.

While most of our research and related leads were useful, there were a couple of items that led to dead ends.  For example, I was very excited when I found the WHLN Radio Songbook in the KHS catalog because WHLN was the Harlan radio station where the Reedys played for 17½ years.  However, the book was simply a generic compilation of gospel songs that appeared to be a custom publication commissioned by and printed for a particular family.  So it included only common church hymns and none of the Reedys' gospel songs they likely performed on the station. 

Another seemingly promising but disappointing source was an index of names and subjects in the Harlan Enterprise, the community's local newspaper.  But  the index only covered a couple of years in the 1920's.  We had hopes that a comprehensive collection of the Harlan Enterprise would be available in the University of Kentucky (UK) archives, but a preliminary search of their library catalog did not result in much else.  My hope is that I'm not searching or understanding the results correctly so I plan to contact them directly to find out what they really have.  Meanwhile, there are a couple of other important resources at UK that we would like to explore sometime: the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

Overall, we spent an amazing and rewarding two days researching at the KHS library.  We obviously found a significant amount of information regardless of a few detours and dead-ends.  However, first days also reminded us how short our fellowship time really is and how we must make the most of the time that we have.  When we return after the Thanksgiving holiday, we still have several oral histories to go through.  We also plan to explore more of the county and state records they have as well as more genealogical resources.

I would be remiss if I didn't include a final note about our dining experiences during our two-day visit to Frankfort.  On Friday, we ate lunch at Clare Ann's, where we both had a bowl of tomato basil soup with our sandwiches.  Timi had the "Pretty Pesto Wrap" and I had the BBT, which was turkey, bacon, benedictine, sprouts and lettuce on homemade oatmeal walnut bread.  Yum! 

Then on Saturday, we ate lunch at Gibby's alongside lots of families and even a Girl Scout troop.  Timi had a bowl of chili and a three salad sampler with tuna salad, bacon romaine, and broccoli walnut.  I ordered the "Isaac Shelby" sandwich, which I could've eaten ten of!  Quoting the menu description is sufficient to convey why: "Two slices of Texas Toast bread grilled with garlic butter topped with Swiss & Provolone cheese, roast beef, sauteed mushrooms & red onions."  Need I say yum?!

At Gibby's we also ran into some former Berea folks who live outside of Frankfort now.  We enjoyed the unexpected encounter and chatting about our respective projects.  Next time we're in Frankfort, we hope to check out their very beautiful farm and retreat center in person.  At any rate, we know that we're going to eat at Gibby's again when we come back for our second round of research!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Little Sparrow

About this time last fall, we were in the midst of of our Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, organizing photos, memorabilia, and an enormous amount of audio materials that were generated by Frances and John Reedy's Bluegrass music career.  We also digitized and archived some oral history and home video recordings of Frances as well as a rare moving image of John.

We were fortunate enough to get a copy of a home video that was recorded by Harold Reedy, Timi's father, on Christmas in 1980.  The video captures the warm glow after the family shared Christmas dinner together when Harold asked his parents to play some music before they left.  The video camera was, at the time, a new VHS camcorder, so the quality of the footage is a little rough.  But Frances and John still pull off a spirited and entertaining round of some of the family's favorite songs.

We showed the following home movie excerpt of Frances and John performing the song "Little Sparrow" at both our final Fellowship presentation as well as our extended multi-media presentation at this year's Appalachian Studies Association Conference.

The volume of self-documented and preserved audio material that Frances and John intentionally created never ceases to amaze me.  So it's significant that Timi's dad was responsible for capturing what is most likely their last recorded performance and probably the only existing video footage of them together.  Thanks to Timi's dad for his prophetic camera presence and her step-mother for making sure we got a digital copy of the original VHS video.  We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to collect and archive these materials for both our documentary project as well as the use of other scholars and artists.

An interesting musical parallel occurred last weekend when we watched La Vie En Rose, a historical drama about the life of famous French chanteuse Edith Piaf.  She was dubbed by one of her first managers as La Mome Piaf or "Little Sparrow," and she kept part of the nickname as her stage-name throughout her tragically short life and career.  While her lifestyle and musical style were quite different than the Reedys, they were in fact generational contemporaries who were born and performed professionally around the same historical time periods on different sides of the ocean.  

Frances and John Reedy experienced plenty of their own hard times, but throughout our engagement with the historical materials that document their lives and music, we have witnessed the immense fun and creativity that infused most of their work and play together.  And like La Mome Piaf, they could derive and inspire great joy even, or especially, by singing a sad song like "Little Sparrow."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oral History Association Annual Meeting Scholarship

The Oral History Association (OHA) is a national organization that "seeks to bring together all persons interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting human memories to foster knowledge and human dignity."  Last year, the OHA held its Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, which we learned about through our participation in the Community Scholars Program.  We were unable to attend at that time, but this year we applied for and received a registration and travel scholarship to attend the OHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from October 28-31, 2010. 

Some of this year's conference themes include "civil rights, human rights, immigration, and LGBT history," and it will also commemorate "the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Student the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina."  So Timi and I are especially excited to be awarded scholarships to attend the 2010 Annual Meeting in Atlanta at the end of the month.

Another special and important part of our trip that we're looking forward to is seeing and/or staying with some fabulous folks from Alternate ROOTS.  We had the pleasure of hosting some folks at our house as well as hanging out with them and other ROOTers at the Clear Creek Festival in September.  Plus a couple of ROOTS friends from ATL weren't able to make it up to Kentucky that weekend, so it will be fun to visit everyone on their home turf while we're there.

Thanks to the Oral History Association for providing scholarships for Timi and I to attend the Annual Meeting this month!  This is a valuable opportunity to learn from others as well as share our experience working on this and other projects.


(27 Oct. 4:45 pm)

Alas, Timi and I will not be attending the OHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta after all.  In recent months, well more like a year, we've had transportation issues that we've struggled to resolve.  We have three cars that all have some major functioning problems!  Right now we're fortunate to borrow a vehicle from my papaw to get to work, but we just weren't able to coordinate a ride to the conference in Atlanta.

Given the generosity of support from the OHA, we regret that we may have inadvertently prevented someone else from receiving a scholarship to attend the conference.  We're also disappointed to miss all of the amazing presentation sessions and events the annual meeting has to offer.  We hope that we can attend in the future, but for now we can only wish all the best to the folks gathering for this year's annual meeting.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Addendum to Discography of Personal Collection

Timi and I have finally entered the new vinyl discoveries into the discography of Frances Reedy's personal collection of records.  This week, we also deposited these treasures at the Berea College Special Collections and Sound Archives to add to the existing collection of materials we donated as part of our fellowship for a grand total of 275 commercial recordings by various artists.

Because the ongoing discography is so long and we eagerly anticipate feedback and quality control from our long-distance supporter Dick Grant, the following list includes only the new additions to the collection.  Once we've updated the list with any corrections, we'll re-post the full discography of Frances' personal records.  Meanwhile, check out some of the new artists and labels that we discovered in the new round!

p.s. In the near future, we also hope to post a discography of all of the extra copies of these records that are still in our possession...

Addendum to Discography of Reedy Personal Vinyl Collection

Wayne Rainey & the Rainey Family
Starday SEP-155
We Need a Lot More Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock and Roll) / Lilac Bouquet / Wwhen Heaven Comes Down // ?

Chet Atkins
RCA Victor LPC-124
Theme from The Dark at the Top of the Stairs / Theme from Picnic // Limelight / Meet Mr. Callaghan

The Hoskins Family
Jalyn EP 209
Sorry I Never Knew You / Working the Road // Someone's Been Praying for Me / Heaven

Bernice Hatchett and the Bluegrass Mountain Boys
Jalyn 322
He's Coming Home from Vietnam / Big Black Wheels

Charles and Lottie Sivley
Masters 34173/34174
Holy Ghost Man / Mold Me Lord

Drifting Mountaineers
Viola VR-109
Orange Blossom Special / Where the Old Red River Flows // Banjo Swing / Pick Me Up on Your Way Down

Hank Locklin (Greatest Hits)
RCA Victor LPC-116
Please Help Me I'm Falling / It's a Little More Like Heaven // Send Me the Pillow You Dream On / Geisha Girl

Sammy Masters
Galahad G-538
The Letter (From South Vietnam) / Little Ben

Floyd Cramer
RCA Victor 447-0572
San Antonio Rose / Last Date

Floyd Cramer
RCA Victor 47-7893
San Antonio Rose / I Can Just Imagine

Wynn Stewart
Capital 5271
The Happy Part of Town / Half of This, Half of That

Floyd Cramer
RCA Victor 47-775
Sweetie Baby / Last Date

Johnny Horton
Columbia ZSP 51297
North to Alaska / The Mansion You Stole

Carl Butler and Pearl
Columbia ZSP 111839
Our Ship of Love / It's Called Cheating

Ann Murray
Capitol 3867
He Thinks I Still Care / You Won't See Me

Chuck Wood
Mercury 72555
The Other Man / Friday Night Fights

Justin Tubb & Lorene Mann
RCA Victor 47-8834
We've Gone Too Far Again / Together But Still Alone

Stonewall Jackson
Columbia 4-41257
Misery Known as Heartache / Life to Go

Connie Smith
RCA Victor 47-8964
Invisible Tears / The Hurtin's All Over

Steve Karliski
Columbia 4-43355
People Are Always Taking Things Away From Me / Yes, Mr. Peter

Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys
Capitol F3536
Taking My Chances / It Makes No Difference Now

Buddy Cagle
Imperial Records 66161
Tonight I'm Coming Home / Honky Tonk College

Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys
Warner Bros. 5866
He's Got a Way With Women / ?

Harlan Howard
Monument 45-883
How Slow Time Goes / What's Left of Me

Tennesse Ernie Ford
Capitol F2810
River of No Return / Give Me Your Word

Mungo Jerry
PYE Records 71032
In the Summer Time / ?

Loretta Lynn
Decca 32127
If You're Not Gone Too Long / A Man I Hardly Know

Bill Anderson
Decca 31825
Born / Bright Lights and Country Music

Don Cherry
Monument 45-898
A Thing Called Sadness / Story of My Life

Jill Corey with Percy Faith and His Orchestra and Chorus
Columbia 4-40123
Robe of Calvary / Minneapolis

Irene Reid
Verve VK-10452
You Ain't Woman Enough / Call Me Darlin, Call Me Sweetheart

Melba Montgomery
Musicor MU-1175
Crossing Over Jordan / The Dead Shall Live Again

Stanley Brothers
Starday 45-8044
Paul and Silas / Drinking from the Fountain

Bill Haley and His Comets
Decca 9-29124
Rock Around the Clock / Thirteen Womens

Rex Allen
Mercury EP-1-3193
Sparrow in the Treetop / Wreck of the John B // The Roving Kind / Last Carouse

Weatherford Quartet
RCA Victor 47-6218
The Bible Tells Me So / His Hands

Rev. Roger Reedy
Self 501
My Imagination / John the Revelator

Buell Kazee
Vocalion 5231
My Mother / Little Bessie

The Carter Family
Montgomery Ward 8002
The Last Move for Me / In a Little Village Church-Yard

The Carter Family
Montgomery Ward 7022
Don't Forget This Song / The Little Log Hut in the Lane

The Carter Family
Montgomery Ward 4225
The Church in the Wildwood / Keep on the Sunny Side

Charlie Poole
Columbia 15038
Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Master / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues

The Carter Family
Decca 5692
It is Better Farther On / You Are My Flower

Freeman Quartette
Vocalion 5376
Right Will Win / I'll Ride on the Clouds With My Lord

Ballard Cross
Vocalion 5377
The Wabash Cannonball / Lorrainna

Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett
Columbia 15091
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane / Watermelon on the Vine

"Black Face" Eddie Ross
Victor 18926
Ross' Double Shuffle / Ross' Juba

Jockers Brothers
Columbia A-2708
Aloma / Full O' Pep

Callahan Brothers
Vocalion 04779
Lonesome Freight Train Blues / My Blue-Eyed Jane

Emry Arthur
Vocalion 5208
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow / Down in Tennesse Valley

Callahan Brothers
OKeh 02973
Take Me Back to Mother / Mam, ____ Will?

Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys
Columbia 37960
Bluegrass Special / How Will I Explain About You

Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett
Columbia 15123
Shortenin' Bread / I Don't Love Nobody

The Carter Family
Victor 21074
Bury Me Under the Weepin' Willow / Little Log Cabin By the Sea

J.L. McGee and Frank Welling
Vocalion 5299
Go By the Way of the Cross / The Eastern Gate

Jack Brickles
Chance 80933
I Ain't Got the Heart / The Devil in My Angel
Cincinnati, OH

Jerry Waller
SIMS 323
Incompatibility / One Way Street

Benny Cook
Tela-Star 104
This Kind of Love / The Stars Are Bright
Cincinnati, OH

Brewster Brothers
Janet 221
Because of You / Katie Dear
Manchester, KY

Larry Kingston
Starday 744
Foot in My Mouth / I'm a Flop
Nashville, TN

The Texas Troubadours
Decca 31770
Cain's Corner / Honky Tonks and You

Paul Risner with the Happy Rhythm Boys
Appro 1891
It's Too Late / Blue Rhythm Stomp
Ashland, OH

Country Gospel-Aires
Ark EP-248
God Gave His Only Son / Memories of Dad / Heaven // Christmas Time Again in the Mountains / This World Can't Stand Long / Family Reunion
Cincinnati, OH

Adam Colwell
Ark 219
Open the Door / Dreaming of You
Cincinnati, OH

Roy Shepherd and the Tri-State Singers
Starday SEP-134
Streets Are Gold / Walk the Streets in Glory / Swing Wide Those Pearly Gates // In My Savior I Believe / Home of the Soul / When Jesus Comes Calling
Nashville, TN

Roy Shepherd
Ark 207
Blue Days and Nights / With You on My Mind
Cincinnati, OH

Eddie Bo
RIP 154
Let's Limbo / Mo-Jo
New Orleans, LA

N&S 1897
Standing / An Innocent Angel

Billy, Bobby, & the Russell Brothers
Jewel 0152
Young and In Love / These Old Prison Bars
Cincinnati, OH

Calvary Trio
Echo 1004
Wings of an Angel / Love the Lord Jesus

Jack Clement
Mala 514
What Made the Babies Cry, Mama / Big Ball in Nashville

Estel Lee and the Burns Brothers
Ark 241
Cigarettes, Whisky & Wild Wild Women / Mother Where Is Your Daughter Tonight
Cincinnati, OH

Leon Turner
Everett CP-6857/6858
Broken Heart / What It Takes (To Make You Happy)

Old Joe Clark
Sun-Ray SRR-119
John Henry / Jesse James
Lexington, KY

Horace Whidby
Rich-a-Tone 8057
We Were Both Wrong / I'm Tired of Being Hurt (Especially By You)
Johnson City, TN

Kitty Hawkins
Capa 130
I Hate Myself / Good-Bye to Viet Nam
Nashville, TN

The Hoskins Family
Jalyn 303
Are You Walking and Talking / Keep Your Eyes on Jesus // I'm Using My Bible for a Road Map / Some Beautiful Day
Dayton, OH

Gospel Crusaders Quartet
Every Hour and Every Day / Lord I've Tried to Be True // I'll Be a Friend / Because of Him
Dayton, OH

Joe Gibson
REM 325
Girl With Golden Curls / Blue Waters

Various Artists
Oak 1002
Sinners Death / Where Will You Spend Eternity // Big Hand of God / Garden of Eden
Harrison, OH

Gene Crawford
Hala 1014
Blues Over Ice / Me, Myself, and I

Mills Brothers
Decca 9-28670
Say Sí Sí / I'm With You

The Cowboy Church Sunday School Featuring Little Miss Tomboy Janie / The Cowboy Church Sunday School Featuring Little Miss Enry
Decca 9-29757
Those Bad Bad Kids / A Handful of Sunshine

Ada Larck and the Blue Diamonds
Jalyn 313
In My Dreams / Go, Go, Go
Dayton, OH

Dave Woolum
REM 355
I'm So Lonely I Could Die / Roll Big Wheel Roll

Jimmy Willis
Jalyn 503
Poor Little Angel / The Lonely Girl
Dayton, OH

Maude Dye and Linda Marlene Gibson and the Hampton Family
Laurel Leaf 9916
Striving for That City / Build My Mansion
London, KY

Don Johnson and the Mountain Wizards
Echo 1002
There's More Fish in the Lake / Luckiest Boy in the World
Middletown, OH

Della Rae
Groove 58-0062
Hurry Up Summer / It's My Face

Joe and Rosa Lee Maphis
Mosrite M-160
Write Him a Letter / Send Me Your Love A.P.O.

Marvin Rainwater
United Artists UA-50023
Sorrow Brings a Good Man Down / Troubles My Little Boy Had
New York, NY

Arnie Lunsford and the Ranch Hands
Acorn 266
Blue Tennessee Rain / Don't Let Me
Cincinnati, OH

Cecil Hickman and the Kings Highway Quartet
Ark 258
Walking the Sea / Job
Cincinnati, OH

Graham Williamson and His Tennessee Buddies
Hammond 4413
Never To Be Mine / White Waters
Nashville, TN

Billie Jo Spears
Capitol 2844
True Love / Marty Gray

Cheryle Thompson
Coral 62493
Mansion of Tears / The Third Person

Hoyle Miller
K-Ark 722
Twelve Years on Death Row / Someone Else's Bride

Gloria Fay
Kash K-1031
Wild Desire / Lonely Heart
Nashville, TN

Mac Wiseman
Dot 45-1131
Waiting For the Boys / By the Side of the Road
Gallatin, TN

David Price
Hickory K-1416
Truck Driver's Waltz / Jack Knife

Archie Jones
Jalyn 321
I'd Never Make You Blue / Without You I'll Have No Future
Dayton, OH

Mary Madison
Silver Star 1014
A Mountain of Love / I Didn't Steal Him From You
Nashville, TN

Georgia Rae
K-Ark 705
War With the Blues / You Have My Number

J.D. Jarvis and Ralph King with the White Water Valley Boys
Ark 212
Tragedy of Sandy River / Spaceship Song
Cincinnati, OH

Pelfrey Brothers and the Bluegrass Partners
Ark 243
Ohio Prison / You Broke a Vow
Cincinnati, OH

Wayne and Jo Tilford
Ark 264
Jesus is the Way / I Found What It Takes
Cincinnati, OH

Jimmy Hibberd
Ark 295
Hand Her Over / I'll Come Back
Cincinnati, OH

Jimmy Jackson
Jean 501
Never Tell a Lie / I'm Glad I Met You

Roy Shepherd and the Tri-State Singers
Jewel EP-400
When Paul and Silas Were In Jail / In My New Home / Between Two Thieves // The Old Brush Arbor / Angels Carry Me Home / I'll Fly Away
Cincinnati, OH

Gene Hall
G&J 7862
Yes By George / Why Do I Love You
Dayton, OH

Ray Westmoreland
Sulkie 101
On Calvary's Mountaiin Top / I Think I've Waited Too Late
Dayton, OH

Don Johnson and the Mountain Wizards
Echo 1003
How Much You Mean To Me / Flying Low

Arlie Petree and the Christian Music Makers
Ray of Hope CP-3507/3508
He'll Be There / We Can Please God

Gene Hall
Ark 233
Yes By George / Why Do I Love You
Cincinnati, OH

Bill Brownlee Brown County Boys
Tela-Star 106
The Thresher / In a Jiffy
Cincinnati, OH

Bill Haley and His Comets

Dayton Harvesters Quartet
Self 45-02
I'll Meet You / Walking With the King of Kings

The Prophets Quartet
Skylite 5007
House of Gold / So High, So Low
Memphis, TN / Atlanta, GA

Becky Shepherd
Ark 218
Air Mail to Heaven / Hear Me Jesus
Cincinnati, OH

Jack Lynch & the Lee Brothers with Lonnie Bolin
Jalyn 205
Will You Miss Me / Roy Lee's Breakdown
Dayton, OH

Roy Shepherd
Tela-Star 103
I'll Love You Til I Die / Tomorrow I'll Be Coming Home
Cincinnati, OH

Chuck Sivley
Log Cabin 912
It's Love, It's Love / I Do Believe
Mt. Healthy, OH

Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart
Starday 668
Waitin' / Goodbye New Orleans
Nashville, TN

Benny Benfield
K-Ark 701
The Same Ole Me / Send Back

Jimmy Dean
Columbia 4-42175
I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake (But I'll Go Chasin' Women) / Big Bad John

The Kentuckians
Jalyn 317
The Mountains Are Calling / Crazy Arms
Dayton, OH

Ace Cannon
Hi 45-2111
Spanish Eyes / More

Hickory 1402
Turquoise / To Try For the Sun

Acorn Sisters
Acorn 2-62
Roses Have Thorns / Do Lord // Twisted Words / Come Back to Me

The Buckaroos featuring Jerry Wiggins
Capitol 2810
Rompin' and Stompin' / Country Pickin'

The Overlanders
Hickory 1258
Yesterday's Gone / Gone the Rainbow

Mary Madison
Bryte 13025
World of Make Believe / I've Left the Past Behind
Newbury, OH

Billy Don Morgan The Southern Gospel Singers
Laurel Leaf 6857
A Few More Seasons / Poor Rich Man // Be Good to Your Neighbor / Walking That Same Road
London, KY

The Kentucky Four Quartet with the Brewster Brothers
Kentucky KS 203
Awaiting the Boat Man / If the Angel of Death // Jesus Paid the Price / I Was Once Out in Darkness

Jeannie Johnson
Alta 186
Dark Hollow / Too Big to Cry
Hurricane, WV

Jack Lynch and the Lee Brothers
Jalyn 300
I'll Always Remember / It's Not Right
Dayton, OH

George Jones
Musicor MU-1298
As Long As I Live / Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven

Wilburn Brothers
Decca 9-30871
I Love Everybody / Somebody's Back In Town

Allen Mills - Bobby Atkins and the Blue Ridge Buddies
Reno-Smiley 45-100-1
Big Wheels Rollin' / Trading the Blues
Hollins, VA

Dottie Lund
Ripcord 114
My Bowling Ball and Me / Believe In Me
Vancouver, WA

Howard and the Darts
Dixie 1000
Lightning / Oh My Love

The Gospel Travellers
G-T 525
Jesus is Standing at My Right Hand / Where Will I Shelter My Sheep
Dayton, OH

The Statesmen Quartet with Hovie Lister
Statesmen 1023
One of These Mornings / Just a Closer Walk With Thee

J.D. Jarvis
Ark 287
In That City / Life of Ransom
Cincinnati, OH

Jimmy Gordon
Challenge 59194
Something Else / Buzzzzzz

Lee Mahnke
Cupid C-1814
Country Morning / Little Letters

Davis Brothers Hubert and Pee Wee The Bluegrass Ramblers
Spires SR-904
Breaking a Heart Is All You Care / I Don't Get It // For So Many Years / Two By Two
Macon, GA

The Count V
Lemco 1010
It's Gonna Take Time / If I Had My Way
Lexington, KY

Zeke Clements
Janet EP 301
I Don't Like It / Hear My Love Calling Me // I'm Going Steppin' Out With You / I've Tried to Forget You

Buckskin Bill
K-Ark 115
Christmas Everday / Jingle Bell Jane

Jack Hawkins
Spires SR-901
Center of Attraction / Waiting Down the Line

Ernest Carter and the Hymn Trio
Melody 101
Jesus of Nazareth / I Will Not Be a Stranger // Ain't No Grave / Building a Mansion

Ron Shackleford
Truth Gospel Sounds
I'm Ready to Go / To My Mansion in the Sky

Coy Jackson
Rimrock RS-211
Look Out Heart / The Ring
Concord, AR

J.D. Jarvis
Ark 262
Rememberence of Brother Earl Brown / The Missing Sub
Cincinnati, OH

Roy Acuff
Hickory K-1424
Kaw Liga / I Couldn't Believe It Was True

The Laytonaires
Tela-Star 102
Another Night Alone / Just Another Tear

Country Gospel-Aires
Ark 220
Paul and Silas / Someone Will Love Me In Heaven / Jesus Savior Pilot Me // Hear Jerusalem Mourne / By Way of the Cross / Rank Strangers
Cincinnati, OH

Jeanne Johnson
Alta 191
Gone Astray / Juanita Penelope Jones

Glenn Barber
Pic 1 140
Go Home, Letter (I Wish I Were You ) / Cheatin'

The Roamers featuring Ron Willis
Appro 1890
The Time of Man / Shady Grove

Johnny and Jonie Mosby
Columbia 4-43344
The High Cost of Loving / The Home She's Tearing Down

Ray Hobbs
Great 1071
Daddy Where's Mommy / I Hurt Too Much to Die
Nashville, TN

Rosemarie Acorn
Acorn 366
Mud-Puddle Road / Stepping Stones

Grant Turner
Chart Records 1275
Old North Star / Maco Light

Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell
Mercury 72650
Bed of Roses / I'll Never Tell On You

Ron Brooks and Don Hill
Rimrock RS-223
Take Me Back to Atlanta / Smoky Mountain Fizz

Country Pardners
Pine Mountain 7
Loneliness Has Caught Up With Me / Feeling Lonesome

Stuart Hamblin
Kapp K-733
Tho' Autumn's Coming On / This Old House Has Got to Go

Gene Hood
Great 1045
Just Another Heartache (To Go Thru) / Lips That Taste of Honey

Jerry Lane
Chart 1335
Anywhere But Gone / I'll Miss You Every Chance I Get

Ivan and the Sabers
Prism 1893
Just Let Her Go / It's Not Like You