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Bluegrass & Old Time Music

The following represents a sample of Bluegrass music from the Folklife Collection.
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1. Fox and Hound Chase - Samuel Thomas (Download)

Recorded: May 7, 1954 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1954 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T76-4)


2. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - The Walden Family (Download)

Recorded: May 5, 1962 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1962 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, reel T77-128a)

The Walden Family of Gainesville performs a spirited version of this Jerry Lee Lewis classic.


3. Earl's Breakdown - Frank Evans (Download)

Recorded: May 6, 1960 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1962 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, reel T77-128a)


4. Old Coon Dog - Arthur "Cush" Holston (Download)

Recorded: May 6, 1960 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1960 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-94)


5. Just One Time - Leo Taylor (Download)

Recorded: May 7, 1960 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1960 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-96)


6. Black Mountain Rag - White Springs F.F.A. String Band (Download)

Recorded: 5 May 1956 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1956 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-45)


7. That Old Time Religion - Julia Dawson (Download)

A former slave recounts her life and sings.
Recorded: May 1, 1955 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1955 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T76-11)


8. Devil's Dream - Mac Criswell, Lee Pancratz, Dixon Hook, Broward Barrs, Frank Noegel (Download)

Recorded: May 3, 1957 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1957 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-57)


9. Cuckoo Bird - Doc Watson and Merle Watson (Download)

Recorded: April 30, 1977 (Florida Folklife Program)
Performance at the Stephen Foster Center
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-281)


10. Kimballs' Rachael - Amy Cox w/apprentice Bob Murphy (Download)

Her father, Gerry Cox, accompanied on guitar.
Recorded: May 24, 1991 (Florida Folklife Program)
1991 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T91-14)


11. We Are Going to Paint the Town - The Stanley Brothers (Download)

Recorded: 1985 from c.1958 radio transcription recording (Florida Folklife Program)
Performance on the Suwannee River Jamboree radio program, WNER
Live Oak, Florida
(S 1576, reel T85-66)


12. Nottamun Town - Jean Ritchie (Download)

Recorded: 1976 (Florida Folklife Program)
Performance at the Stephen Foster Center
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-262)


13. Wayfaring Stranger - Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys (Download)

Recorded: May 29, 1993 (Florida Folklife Program)
Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage)
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, tape D93-25)


14. Beat the Straws - Mac Criswell, Lee Pancratz, Dixon Hook, Broward Barrs and Frank Noegal, Thelma Boltin recordings (AFS13992-14020-LWO5712) (Download)

Reproductions of Florida-related recordings from the Library of Congress
(S 1576, reel T86-227)


15. High Puppies - G.G. Albritton, Cleo Wynn O'Berry and Johnny Bill Shoemaker (AFS3901B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-255)


16. Hug 'em in Sebring - Cleo Wynn O'Berry and Johnny Bill Shoemaker (AFS3902A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S1576, reel T86-255)


17. Leather Breeches - Russell Wise on Fiddle (AFS3312A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at Cherry Lake (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-223)