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Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Subject is exactly "Steel guitars"
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Interview with steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent and apprentice Elton Noble

Interview with steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent and apprentice Elton Noble

Date
1994-07-30
Description
Two audio cassettes. Apprentice Noble agreed to learn from Ghent how to tune, play chords and melodies on the steel guitar, as well as learn the cultural background of sacred steel.
Collection
Elton Noble submission for the 1994 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Elton Noble submission for the 1994 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Date
1994
Description
One audio cassette. Noble demonstrates his lap steel abilities for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program application. He was apprentice to Aubrey Ghent. In 2017, Noble was inducted into the Sacred Steel Hall of Fame. For more information, see S 1644, box 11, folder 24.
Collection
Recording of 1993-1994 apprentices & masters

Recording of 1993-1994 apprentices & masters

Date
1994-02-17
Description
One audio cassette. No location given. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller, and then Robert Stone. The program was continued each year through 2004.
Collection
Friday performances at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 2)

Friday performances at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 2)

Date
2004-05-28
Description
One compact disc. Kay, director of the Florida Folk Festival, served as emcee. They played gospel music on steel guitar, often referred to as sacred steel.
Collection
Saturday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 3)

Saturday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 3)

Date
2003-05-24
Description
One compact disc. State folklorist Bob Stone was the emcee. The Lee Boys were a sacred steel band, and consisted of Alvin Lee (guitar), Alvin Cordy (Electric bass), Derrick Lee (vocals), Keith Lee (vocals), Roosevelt Collier (steel guitar), and Earl Walker (drums). They are based out of the House of God Holiness Pentecostal Church in Perrine, Florida. According the recorder's log sheet, they band played a encore (If You Are Happy and You Know It) but the CD was already finalized, and it was not recorded.
Collection
Sunday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Disc 7)

Sunday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Disc 7)

Date
2007-05-25
Description
One compact disc. Stone served as emcee. The Lee Boys were a sacred steel band, and consisted of Alvin Lee (guitar), Alvin Cordy (Electric bass), Derrick Lee (vocals), Keith Lee (vocals), Roosevelt Collier (steel guitar), and Earl Walker (drums). They are based out of the House of God Holiness Pentecostal Church in Perrine, Florida.
Collection
Willie Eason performing steel guitar music at his home

Willie Eason performing steel guitar music at his home

Date
1994-01-16
Description
One audio cassette recording. This tape consisted of excerpts of a longer recording of Eason, recorded at his home. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
Collection
Glenn Lee performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God church

Glenn Lee performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God church

Date
1994-03-07
Description
One audio cassette recording. (Duplicate can be found on tape 5.) Recorded at a Church of God church (not during church services)in Perrine, Florida. The band consisted of Glenn Lee (steel guitar), Alvin Lee (bass), Benjamin Beckford (drums), and John Hampton (guitar). Excerpted from a longer recording (see tapes 18-20 in S 2044). The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
Collection
Aubrey Ghent and his father Henry Nelson performing sacred steel music at various events

Aubrey Ghent and his father Henry Nelson performing sacred steel music at various events

Date
1993-11-26
Description
One audio cassette recording. (Duplicate can be found on tape 5.) The first half of the tape was recorded at a House of God "Family and Friends Day Celebration" in Daytona Beach on 5 September 1993. The second half was recorded at the Ocala House of God Church #2 on 26 November 1993, and the then at the 1994 Florida Folk Festival on May 24 1994 (for entire festival performance, see D94-20 in S 1576.) On the second half, the vocals are weak. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
Collection
Sonny Treadway performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God church

Sonny Treadway performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God church

Date
1994-02-20
Description
One audio cassette recording. Made during the last day of the annual State Assembly of the Jewell Dominion churches of Florida. These are excerpts from a longer recording. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
Collection
Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
a_s1640_24_tape13Interview with steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent and apprentice Elton NobleSoundFieldwork
Apprentices
Steel guitars
Guitarists
African Americans
String instruments
Musical tradition, sacred
Performing arts
Music performance
Interviews
Personal experience narratives
Gospel music
Religious music
Guitar music
Guitarist
Musicians
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a_s1640_24_tape15Elton Noble submission for the 1994 Folk Arts Apprenticeship ProgramSoundSteel guitars
African Americans
Gospel music
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a_s1640_25_tape04Recording of 1993-1994 apprentices & mastersSoundFieldwork
Music performance
Singing
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Guitarists
Fiddle music
Fiddling
Piano music
Fiddlers
Guitarist
Pianists
Singers
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a_s2034_02_cd04-002Friday performances at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 2)SoundSingers
Guitarist
Musicians
Festivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Steel guitars
African Americans
Gospel (Black)
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Religious music
Religious songs
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a_s2034_04_cd03-010Saturday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 3)SoundGuitarist
Festivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singers
Steel guitars
Musical tradition, sacred
Religious music
Religious songs
African Americans
Gospel (Black)
Bands (Music)
Musicians
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a_s2034_04_cd03-115Sunday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Disc 7)SoundGuitarist
Festivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Musical tradition, sacred
Steel guitars
Gospel (Black)
African Americans
Gospel music
Gospel songs
Religious songs
Religious music
Bands (Music)
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a_s2044_02_tape01Willie Eason performing steel guitar music at his homeSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Musicians
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a_s2044_02_tape02Glenn Lee performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God churchSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Musical groups
Churches
Religion
Christianity
Protestants
Bands (Music)
Musicians
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a_s2044_02_tape03Aubrey Ghent and his father Henry Nelson performing sacred steel music at various eventsSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Festivals
Folk festivals
Special events
Church attendance
Church services
Protestants
Christianity
Churches
Religion
Musicians
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a_s2044_02_tape04Sonny Treadway performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God churchSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Musical groups
Churches
Religion
Christianity
Protestants
Bands (Music)
Musicians
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