Richard Williams interview & performance

Date: August 8, 1977

Source: S1576 , Container 1 , C77-33, C77-34

Type: Sound

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Two audio cassettes. The interviewers ask Williams about his early musical influences, his background, his experiences working in phosphate mines and logging camps as a youth; and Williams talks of how workers played music and played cards at night at turpentine camps. On the second tape, he continues the interview, and plays a few songs. See also reels T78-328, T78-329, T81-19 and T83-65 through T83-69, in S 1576, for additional interviews and music performances by Williams and Ella Mae Wilson, also recorded by Devane and Bulger.

Two audio cassettes. Bulger and DeVane ask Williams about his early musical influences, his background, his experiences working in phosphate mines, farming, and logging camps as a youth. It is raining heavily outside and Williams is difficult to hear. Williams's wife, Lillie Bell, talks about their family background as well. Williams also discusses how workers played music and gambled at night in the turpentine camps. He describes his bottleneck slide and plays nine songs. He has tuning issues during "Polk County Blues." Williams and his wife discuss playing the fiddle the dancing that accompanied Williams's music, after which he plays another version of "Polk County Blues." He talks about learning songs from the radio.
On C77-34, his wife discusses singing at square dances while Williams plays "Polk County Blues." He then describes family members that played music before performing "Old Forty." He discusses his uncles that played music as well.

1977 Florida Folk Festival Program

View the 1977 Program

T77-289Friday performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T77-290Saturday morning performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T77-290Friday performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T77-291Saturday morning performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T77-291Saturday morning performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T77-291Saturday afternoon performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T77-292Saturday afternoon performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T77-293Saturday afternoon performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T77-293Saturday evening performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T77-294Saturday evening performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T77-295Sunday morning performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T77-296Sunday afternoon performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T77-297Sunday afternoon performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T77-298iBob Gerard & Kathy Kloiber performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298gThe Gospel Travelers performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298bRichard Williams & Family performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298cSusan Boyer Haley performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298fThe Peyton Brothers performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298eHubert Dahm performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298hW. B. McKinney performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298dThe Makley Family Performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-298aJohn Williamson & Friends performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage
T77-299Monday afternoon performances at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)

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