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Recorded on May 24, 2003 by the Florida Folklife Program at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida.

Transcript of the Introduction

Since the very early days of the Florida Folk Festival the marble stage in White Springs has been a showcase for Florida musicians and Florida songs.

It could be a time worn standard such as Stephen Foster’s "Old Folks at Home" that pays homage to the Suwannee River meandering by the festival site or "Osceola’s Last Words," "Wild Hog," "Hold Back the Waters," or any of a thousand by the Black Hat Troubadour, Will McLean. Maybe it’s Gamble Rogers regaling us with a tale about Still Bill or Oklawaha Laissez-Faire. Perhaps Don Grooms protesting the Orange Blossom Special’s new route around Waldo or Dale Crider spinning an ecological warning wrapped in music. These songs have emanated from the stage at White Springs. They’ve been taken up, reshaped and passed on. They’ve informed and they’ve inspired others to carry on the tradition of Florida songwriting. We’ve presented many of these songs in the Florida Folklife Collection Podcast series.

Rarely have we been given the opportunity to feature a handful of these homegrown musicians in a single presentation. Thanks to the Florida Troubadours showcase from the 2003 Florida Folk Festival, this month’s podcast features music from a number of Florida songwriters - Jeanie Fitchen, Frank Thomas, Bobby Hicks - and other Florida folk singing the folk songs of Florida. So let’s make ourselves comfortable and hand the mic over to Jeanie Fitchen and some of Florida’s finest. Enjoy!