Recordings of the 1985 Suwannee River Jamboree

Date: September 14, 1985

Source: S1576 , T85-93, T85-94, T85-95, T85-96, T85-97, T85-98, T85-99, T85-107, T85-108, T85-149

Type: Sound

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  • Introduction (Owen) (T85-93)
  • Widow Rose (Virginia)
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Sad and Lonely
  • Rolling in My Sweet Babys Arms
  • How Would You Like to Be Lonely
  • Katie Bailey
  • Radio Show history (Owen)
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Adams)
  • Fox on the Run
  • On a Highway Headed South
  • Liberty
  • Summertime is Past and Gone
  • Love Lovesome to the Rain
  • Louisville (T85-94)
  • My Little Country Church
  • Suwannee River Jamboree Radio Show (T85-95)
  • Do Lord Remember Me (Taylor) (T85-96)
  • Since I Laid My Burden Down
  • Mandy and Summer (Suwannee River Boys)
  • Devils Dream
  • You Are the Best
  • Faded Love
  • John Henry
  • Shackles and Chains
  • Boil Them Cabbage Down
  • The Little Shack Out Back (Adams)
  • The Moon is Shining Bright (T85-97)
  • Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
  • River of Jordan
  • Garfield (Twin Fiddles)
  • Bill Bailey
  • Libetry
  • Faded Love
  • Down Yonder
  • Just Because
  • Little Liza Jane
  • Jokes (Owen)
  • Hear a Choo Choo Coming (Dixie Jubilees) (T85-98)
  • Old Stew Pot
  • Try and Hold It to the Lord
  • More Precious Than Silver or Gold (Norris)
  • Looking to Calvery
  • Good News
  • Medley (Morgan)
  • Hitchikers Blues
  • Waltz Across Texas
  • She Thinks I Still Care (T85-99)
  • Wild Side of Life (Suwannee River Boys)
  • Cindy (Twin)
  • Maidens Prayer
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • Golden Slippers
  • East Tennessee Blues
  • Orange Blossom Special
  • Heavens Jubilee (Hunter) (T85-107)
  • Look for Me at Jesus Feet
  • Song That Made Me Free
  • I Found a Hiding Place
  • Consider the Lilies
  • Come Morning
  • Jesus Opened Up the Way
  • Who s On the Lords Side
  • Our Little Cabin On the Hill (Dixie Jubilees)
  • Lonesome Feeling
  • Ashes of Love
  • Just Because (Suwannee River Boys) (T85-108)
  • Victory in Jesus (Norris)
  • Liberty (Twin)
  • I am My Own Grandpa (Beaumont)
  • Set this World on Fire
  • We May Walk and Talk With God
  • Tenneessee Waltz
  • Rose of Old San Antonio
  • Bubble Gum Baby
  • Music Box Dancer (T85-149)
  • Secret of Frog Kissing
  • Mr. Sandman
  • Puddle Jumper
  • Commanche
  • Do rang (Bucksnort)
  • Walking in the Parlor
  • Sweet Miss Julie
  • Leaving Home
  • Sugar on the Floor
  • Jump Jim Crow
  • Cricket on the Hearth
  • Old Hanging Tune

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  • Ten reel to reel recordings. Recordings of the 1985 Suwannee River Jamboree homecoming held at the Stephen Foster State Cultural Center, the second annual reunion to celebrate the original Live Oak-produced radio program of the same name. The concert included music performances, recounted stories, a recreation of a radio program, and clog dancing. Folklorist Blanton Owen, a renowned old-time musician, hosted the event. Between 1952 and 1959, the Suwannee River Jamboree radio show -- broadcast from Live Oak, Florida on WNER -- was Florida's largest and best known country music show. It was broadcast live three hours every Saturday night, with 30-minute versions syndicated across the Southeast. The show featured many North Florida and Southeast acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, the White Springs Ramblers, and Clare Parker, as well as nationally famous guests such as Ernest Tubb, Grandpa Jones, and Ferlin Husky. The concert in these recordings was held in 1985 as a homecoming for the original radio series, and included several local bluegrass bands. A similar jamboree was held the previous year (see T85-66 - T85-84; and T85-104 - T85-106 for the 1984 concert.) For images of the 1985 program, see S 1577, Volume 24, S85-1311 - S85-1330.

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