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Two reel to reel tapes. Sound recording of fifty-year old blues guitarist Buck Thompson playing tunes that he learned from the radio on his front porch. A former railroad worker, he played the juke circuit in the 1950s. Because of the recording location, sounds of traffic and pedestrians can be heard. Images of the performance can be found in S 1577, v. 27, slides 1467-1495. 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.