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Three reel to reels. Johnny Shines was a blues singer-guitarist who once traveled with famed blues singer Robert Johnson. He was re-discovered in the 1960s during the folk revival boom, and played festivals throughout the 1960s and 1970s. His sound was very similar to Robert Johnson's, and here he played several Johnson songs. Bluegrass and Kentucky mountain music singer Phyllis Boyens (who later appeared in the film Cola Miner's Daughter as Loretta Lynn's mother) and Nimrod Workman (who also had a bit part in the same film) released the album Passing Through the Garden in 1976, and they were promoting that album at this performance. Workman was a former coal miner and union organizer in Kentucky. Bessie Jones, born in inland Georgia, promoted Georgia Sea Island songs, and later in the 1960s formed the Georgia Sea Island Singers. She died in Brunswick Georgia in 1984. The Red Clay Ramblers was a part of the "New-Grass" movement of the 1970s, forming in 1972. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based group featured Tommy Thompson (1937-2003) (banjo), Jim Watson (guitar/mandolin), Jack Herrick (guitar), Mike Craver (piano), and Bill Hicks (fiddle). Conway was a scholar at Appalachian State University and filmmaker of Appalachian culture, and an associate of the Red Clay Ramblers. She introduced Shines and the Red Clay Ramblers at the concert.
State Archives of Florida, S1576
Florida Folklife Program
Stephen Foster Center
Portable Folk Festival
Collector or Fieldworker
Florida Folklife Program
Carawan, Guy, 1927-2015
Jones, Mary Elizabeth "Bessie," 1902-1984
Red Clay Ramblers, The
Shines, Johnny, 1915-1992
Boltin, "Cousin" Thelma Ann, 1904-1992
Boyens, Phyllis, 1947-2009
Workman, Nimrod, 1895-1994
Title of Work
Introductions (Boltin) (T77-277)
Paddy on the Turnpike (Carawan)
Unidentified song (Shines)
Have to Pay the Cost
Kind Hearted Woman
Stand By Me, Oh Lord
Passing Through the Garden (Workman/Boyens)
Black Lung Song (Workman)
Coal Mining Lament
East Virginia Blues
Mining Camp Blues (Boyens)
Working Girl Blues
Morrison's Jig (Carawan)
Rights of Man
Cripple Creek (T77-278)
They Can't Put it Back
Hammered dulcimer medley
Lay Down My Life For My Lord (Bessie and Vanessa Jones)
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