Williams Family performance for the North Florida Folklife Project

Date: May 27, 1978

Source: S1576 , Container 12 , T78-328, T78-329

Type: Sound

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Description

Two reel-to-reel audio tapes. This recording documents fieldwork conducted by DeVane and B. McCallum in conjunction with the North Florida Folklife Project. S. McCallum serves as recordist. R. Williams (guitar, vocals) informally performs folk blues and gospel songs with his daughter, Wilson (vocals) and his wife, L. Williams (vocals). One song leads directly into another. Williams mixes verses and lyrics from one tune into another, loosely assembling old rural blues song structures. "Squeeze Me" serves as a refrain on many songs. Wilson occasionally feeds lyrics to her father. "Don't You Never Let One Woman Grieve Your Mind," "Tain't but the One Thing That Grieves My Mind," and "Farewell, Farewell" appear to be personalized, semi-improvised lyrical variations of "Careless Love." "Old Forty" refers to Engine 40, a passenger train on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad that ran through Polk to Alachua county.
The first version of "John Henry" is spliced at 3:15 due to the tape being stopped midway through. The unspliced first half his featured as the last track. Side 2 of T78-329 is a duplicate of Side 1 of T78-328. As such, the repeated tracks are not featured in the track selections.
Tracks 4, 9, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 31 are featured on Drop on Down in Florida, a 1981 compilation of African American traditional music collected by the Florida Folklife Program.

1978 Florida Folk Festival Program

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T80-1Friday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-2Friday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-3Friday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T80-4Friday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T80-5Friday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
T80-6Saturday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-7Saturday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T80-8Saturday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T80-9Saturday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
T80-10Saturday afternoon performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-11Saturday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-11Saturday afternoon performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-12Saturday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-13Saturday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T80-14Saturday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T80-15Saturday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
T80-16Saturday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)
T80-17Sunday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-18Sunday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-19Sunday morning performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T80-20Sunday afternoon performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-21Sunday afternoon performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-22Sunday afternoon performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T80-23Sunday afternoon performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T80-24Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-25Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-26Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T80-27Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T80-28Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
T80-29Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)
T80-30Sunday evening performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 7)
T80-31Monday performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T80-32Monday performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T80-34Monday performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T80-35Monday performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
T80-36Monday performances at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)

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