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Interview with steel guitarist Glenn Lee

Interview with steel guitarist Glenn Lee

Date
1994-03-07
Description
Three audio cassette recordings. Interview with steel guitarist Glenn Lee at his Perrine residence. He discussed his family (including uncles, steel guitarists Willie Blue and M.J. Harrison), learning steel guitar, Keith and Jewel Dominion churches, steel guitarists Henry Nelson, Darrel Blue, & Aubrey Ghent, influence of country music (Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton), playing Spanish guitar, fiddle, & banjo, his education, steel guitar tunings and playing styles, various people he has trained, playing the National Assembly in Nashville, and the lack of female sacred steel guitarists. 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.
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Folklife People:  Willie Eason

Folklife People: Willie Eason

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Willie Eason was a pioneering figure in the African American "Sacred Steel" guitar tradition of the House of God, Keith Dominion Holiness-Pentecostal churches. He influenced dozens of musicians and inspired many to play the steel guitar for worship services in nearly 200 House of God churches found in more than two dozen states. Florida is home to more than 40 House of God churches, more than any other state. Eason used the steel guitar to imitate the ornamented, improvised singing he heard in church and became known as "Little Willie and his Talking Guitar." His reputation increased as he made seven 78 rpm records in the 1940s and 50s for black gospel labels. Eason and his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1986 where he continued to play for House of God services. He received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1995.
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Folklife Subject: Sacred Steel

Folklife Subject: Sacred Steel

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Since the 1930s, the sounds of steel guitar have been heard in an unlikely place, far removed from Nashville or the Hawaiian islands. Musicians in the Pentecostal House of God church use the steel guitar instead of the often-heard organ or piano to lead their lively, music-driven worship services. The very human, voice-like qualities of lap and pedal steel guitars are perfectly suited to underscore a spirited sermon or lead an ecstatic choir in praise. In 1992, while serving as State Folklorist, Bob Stone unearthed what became known as Sacred Steel music in South Florida.
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Florida State Prison Register: D, 1875-1959

Florida State Prison Register: D, 1875-1959

Date
1959 (circa)
Description
Typewritten list of inmates incarcerated at the Florida State Prison with surnames beginning with the letter D. Inmates are generally listed chronologically.
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Florida State Prison Register: E, 1875-1959

Florida State Prison Register: E, 1875-1959

Date
1959 (circa)
Description
Typewritten list of inmates incarcerated at the Florida State Prison with surnames beginning with the letter E. Inmates are generally listed chronologically.
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Florida State Prison Register: T, 1875-1959

Florida State Prison Register: T, 1875-1959

Date
1959 (circa)
Description
Typewritten list of inmates incarcerated at the Florida State Prison with surnames beginning with the letter T. Inmates are generally listed chronologically.
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Florida Crossroads: Florida's Folk Festival

Florida Crossroads: Florida's Folk Festival

Date
1995-07-13
Description
One video recording. (3/4 tape; 28 minutes)An episode of the Florida Public Television series, "Florida Crossroads." Filmed by Florida Public television (through a Florida Dept. of Education grant), the episode features performances, demonstrations, interviews, and presentations at the 1991 Florida Folk Festival (26-28 May). Included are interviews with folklorists, park employees, musicians, artisans, and park attendees, as well examples of the folklife on display at the Festival.
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a_s2044_02_tape18Interview with steel guitarist Glenn LeeSoundGuitarist
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
Interviews
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Oral histories
Oral history
Bands (Music)
Musicians
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FA940501AGospel guitarist Willie Eason playing his lap steel guitar in Florida.Stringed instruments
Musical instruments
Bottleneck (Guitar playing)
Steel guitar
Plucked instruments
Guitar
African American entertainers
Folk musicians
African American country musicians
African American musicians
Instrumentalists
Stringed instrument players
Plucked instrument players
African American guitarists
Gospel musicians
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FA940501BGospel musician Willie Eason playing the piano in Florida.Piano--Performance
African American entertainers
Folk musicians
African American country musicians
Gospel musicians
African American musicians
African American guitarists
Pianists
Instrumentalists
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FA940501CGospel guitarist Willie Eason posing with his lap steel guitar in Florida.Stringed instruments
Musical instruments
Steel guitar
Plucked instruments
Guitar
African American entertainers--Portraits
Folk musicians--Portraits
African American country musicians--Portraits
African American musicians--Portraits
Instrumentalists--Portraits
Stringed instrument players--Portraits
Plucked instrument players--Portraits
African American guitarists--Portraits
Gospel musicians--Portraits
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flp_easonFolklife People: Willie Easoninteractive resourceGospel, Sacred Steel/fpc/memory/omeka_images/thumbnails/folklife_people.png
fls_sacred_steelFolklife Subject: Sacred Steelinteractive resourceReligious Music, Gospel, Worship Music, Steel Guitar/fpc/memory/omeka_images/thumbnails/folklife_subjects.png
s500_dFlorida State Prison Register: D, 1875-1959textPrisoners
Criminal records
Sentences (Criminal procedure)
Capital punishment
Probation
Prison sentences
Crime
Criminals
Florida--Crimes and criminals
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s500_eFlorida State Prison Register: E, 1875-1959textPrisoners
Criminal records
Sentences (Criminal procedure)
Capital punishment
Probation
Prison sentences
Crime
Criminals
Florida--Crimes and criminals
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s500_tFlorida State Prison Register: T, 1875-1959textPrisoners
Criminal records
Sentences (Criminal procedure)
Capital punishment
Probation
Prison sentences
Crime
Criminals
Florida--Crimes and criminals
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Florida Crossroads: Florida's Folk FestivalFlorida Crossroads: Florida's Folk FestivalMoving ImageSingers
Musicians
Guitarist
Artisans
Leather workers
Metal-workers
Dancers
Whip maker
Secretary of State
Public officer
Festivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Video recording
Television
Singing
Park Ranger
Saddles
Leather craft
Craft
Whipcracking
Whips
Fiddle music
Fiddlers
Old time music
Bandura
Hammer dulcimer
Dulcimer music
A capella singers
A capella singing
Gospel (Black)
Gospel music
Signs and signboards
Arts, Cuban
Cuban Americans
Workshops (Adult education)
Yodeling
Storytelling
Dance
Cooking and dining
Food preparation
Basket making
Basket work
Blacksmithing
Guitar music
Interviews
Interviewing on television
Secretaries of State (State governments)
Bands (Music)
Folklorists
Volunteers
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