One recent and significant connection was a comment posted by Leon Turner, one of the artists included on the discography! He "recorded Thats the reason Jan. 1962 at King Records studios in Cincinnati, Ohio it was produced by Bobby Bare, I was not aware it was ever released on the king label..." I emailed him in response, and he replied and added, "if my memory serves me right I think I engineered some recordings on the Reedys, I did all recordings for Jack Lynch label for a year and a half." We're so excited to make another unexpected and fruitful discovery. Thanks to Mr. Turner for reaching out to us!
Both Blogger Stats and Analytics also collect and display referring sites, or URL’s of sites from which visitors accessed a link to our project blog. We still have a steady presence of regional and genre vinyl aficionados via 45rpmrecords.com, The Ohio Valley Sound, and Dead Wax. We've received regular traffic from the Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship page on the Berea College website as well as a few visits from fellow fellows' sites (Anna Gevalt and Marianne Worthington). We have also recently received a boost in overall visits from a new link on Mellow's Log Cabin: Country Music, Rockabilly & Hillbilly.
One of the most surprising and unexpected spikes in visits resulted from a random reply I made to a post on an oral history list-serve that I belong to. It's amusingly obvious on the graph of overall visits documented on Analytics for the past year:
The Analytics graphing feature includes the option of adding notations (the little callout boxes at the bottom of the above figure) so we can document when we make new posts or send out email campaigns and keep track of resulting visits.
Another awesome aspect of the overall blog is being able to post photos, videos, and audio related to the project and view information about their usage as well. YouTube includes an Insight feature that uses similar timeline graphs to show total views of individual videos. "Holidays with Frances" was originally uploaded on February 19, 2007, and we posted it to our inaugural blog post on August 20, 2009. It has received a total of 254 views since it was uploaded, and 102 of those were after we started the blog.
Our "Fellowship Presentation: Frances Reedy Oral History" video was uploaded on January 6 and posted to the blog on January 9, 2010, and it has received total 211 views. "Little Sparrow," the most recent Reedy video we uploaded on October 8 and posted on October 9, 2010, has been viewed 93 times. Other videos related to the Reedy documentary have garnered interest and viewers as well: "Harry Rice Oral History" (uploaded12/9/09: 77 views); "David Lundy Oral History" (uploaded 5/11/10: 177 views); and "Lundy Recording Studio" (uploaded 5/11/10: 428 views). According to Analytics, the tour of the recording studio has generated a lot of visits through search engines from people who looking for Lundy Studio specifically.
Until recently, we received more comments posted directly to the videos rather than on our blog posts. Some of this encouraging feedback has been from friends who support our work. In response to "Holidays with Frances," comments included "This was very beautifully made" and "... I like the music. ... Great tribute vid."
Some serendipitous superlatives have surfaced from strangers as well. For example, in response to the Frances Reedy Oral History, someone said, "I ran across this video and was so glad to have found it. I remember the Reedy family as a young girl living in a little community called Dayhoit, Kentucky about five miles out of Harlan, I remember the radio program and listening to their music. This was wonderful to view this video. Wonderful memories of The Reedys." Another person commented on the "Little Sparrow" video: "This is wonderful. Thank you so much for posting & sharing with everyone."
I also received a brief message through my YouTube account from another user who said, "I enjoyed the videos ... Thank you so much for the videos of Aunt Frances ... awesome job!" I don't know who this person is, but it seems like this might be an actual relative. We still hope to find this person as well as other folks to talk to about the Reedys and our project, so keep letting us know what you think and how to get in touch with you if you have more information to offer.
In the past year or so, we finally started receiving some actual comments on the blog. Some of these well-wishers were local people we hang out with at the annual Clear Creek Festival. "Congrats on your grant!" and "I will have to wait for my next trip to the coffee shop to hear the Lundy Recording piece. Best regards to you both!"
Other comments have been posted by folks in direct response to particular aspects of the project. For example, when we posted the news that we found an additional stash of vinyl recordings last summer, someone commented "I like this post, thanks." Through a similar comment, "You have a nice blog. I added you to my blog list. Regards," we established a new cyber-relationship with Mellow and his log cabin that has resulted in regular vinyl-loving visitors.
Clearly, we continue to connect with interesting folks along the way, but we would still love to know more about the rest of you who seek us out or stumble upon our work. We always welcome comments on our posts as well as more direct contact if we can share important information with one another. Also, you can receive immediate updates when we post new material by signing up for email subscription feature and/or by "following" through an existing Google account. And feel free to spread the word by forwarding updates and/or posting our news headline feature on your site.
We love surprises along the way, and we also value our ability to document the time we spend working on different aspects of the project. Sometimes our time and resources are limited and intermittent, but we still work diligently and passionately on this labor of love. We are grateful for the many amazing connections we've made and lessons we've learned as a result of this work. The invitation still stands, for those we've communicated with and those of you who silent supporters, for keeping up-to-date and in touch as we remain reminiscent and remember the Reedys.
* Note: There are multiple versions and updates of two different discographies on the blog. One discography lists all recordings (commercial and non-commercial) by Frances and John Reedy. The other discography is a list of vinyl recordings by other artists collected by Frances. We hope to repost comprehensive discographies as a updatable blog pages in the near future; but in the meantime, the most current and complete discography posts are:
- Reedy Discography (V.2)
- Discography of Personal Collection (V.2)
- Addendum to Discography of Personal Collection