The Campus Folk Scene, Then and Now

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yesterday The Southern Folklife Collection posted a Facebook link to a wonderful resource: the University of Illinois Campus Folksong Club Oral History Project. Here’s folklorist Tracie Wilson’s introduction…

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Abner Jay: "I’m So Depressed" & "Cocaine Blues"

Monday, February 28, 2011

selection from the cover of Mississippi Records’ recent Abner Jay release Folk music is high class music–of course a lot of low class people singin’ it. Matter of…

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Discovering Carolina Soul

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The former Washington Sound on Buffalo Street in Shelby, NC; from Carolina Soul Throughout the sixties and seventies, at least one hundred African-American-owned R&B/Soul record stores thrived in…

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Returning To Mount Airy, North Carolina

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Photograph from the Tommy Jarrell Festival, via The Surry Arts Council Today we would like to share more information on the music scene surrounding Mount Airy, North Carolina–the…

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Standing Up For Local Radio And Local Culture

Thursday, August 26, 2010

photograph by Kelly Kress of Learn NC Yesterday afternoon NPR’s All Things Considered presented a feature on “The Merry-Go-Round,” a weekly live music show broadcast out of Mount…

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The Southern Foodways Alliance

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Southern Foodway Alliance’s Oral History Interactive Map Project We think these stories offer far more than just sustenance–we think they offer a way of thinking about race…

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Captured: America in Color from 1939-1945

Monday, August 2, 2010

A crossroads store, bar, “juke joint,” and gas station in the cotton plantation area. Melrose, Louisiana, 1940; photograph by Marion Post Walcott Thanks to Mary, a reader from…

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William Faulkner At The University of Virginia

Thursday, July 15, 2010

photograph from Special Collections Library, University of Virginia The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past. This morning NPR featured a piece on an exciting…

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For The Weekend: Think You’ve Heard Robert Johnson?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

For your weekend consideration:  We all know Robert Johnson. He sprang out of rural Mississippi and went on, in his short undocumented life, to define the blues with…

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Grass Roots

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lavinia Nelson’s Basket Stand in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 2006 by Brian Crockett There’s a whole history behind these baskets, it’s not just a basket. You have this…

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