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Interview with bluegrass performer Don Adams
- One audio cassette. Interview with bluegrass performer Don Adams, leader of the Adams Family Band, a bluegrass group. Not part of the local tradition, the group learned its skills from records and revivalists. They first played the Florida Folk Festival in 1979. The band consists of Don's brothers and sons. The discussion centers on how the band formed, how it learned its craft, and the various influences upon it. Adams was born and raised in Palatka. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the 'St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area' at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.