Saturday performances at the 1987 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 14)

Date: May 23, 1987

Source: S1576 , T87-34

Type: Sound

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  • Wait for the Wagon (97th Regimental String Band)
  • Hard Crackers
  • Old Folks at Home (Way Down Upon the Suwannee River)
  • Marching Through Georgia
  • Roll Alabama Roll
  • Quit Kicking My Dog Around
  • Big Alligator (James Billie)

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  • One reel to reel recording. Dudley and Boltin served as emcees. The 97th Regimental String Band played 19th century songs, and dressed in historical outfits. They consisted of Vgo (Phillip Terry), Rick Mock, and T. Maddog. Billie's performance concludes on T87-35. Also known as Chief Jim Billie, James Billie was elected chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida in 1979. It was during his chairmanship, which ended amidst controversy in 2001, that the Seminole peoples' five reservations began their profitable gambling operations. In addition to his administrative duties, the former alligator wrestler and Vietnam vet was also known for his original songs and traditional Seminole stories. He has released several albums.

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