Earliest Footage of Native American Drumming

Aug 22 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image A Sioux frame drum, 1904; Museum of Modern Art
The Afrodrumming organization recently produced this video detailing two early recorded examples of Native American drumming. Many thanks to Kelle Jolly of Carpetbag Theatre for leading us to this video
Please find the [continue reading]

John Baird’s Tennessee Gospel

Aug 21 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image  Selection from the cover of I’m Believin’: Gospel Music in Middle Tennessee 
By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field series Editor In the latest post from Notes From The Field , I wrote about the dynamic metal
sculptures of Kittrell, Tennessee artist and gospel [continue reading]

We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi Juke Joint Traditions

May 9 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Red Paden at home in Red’s Lounge; Lou Bopp
This month will see the release of a new documentary from Jeff Konkel of Broke and Hungry Records and Roger Stolle of the Cat Head music and art store. We Juke Up In Here [continue reading]

Readings: Rural Traditions Sunk Into Eternal Oblivion

May 7 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image from The Farmer’s Year: A Calendar of Animal Husbandry; Clare Leighton , 1935
In our Readings
series, we offer selections from visual and printed texts that offer
perspectives, expand dialogues, and challenge assumptions.
Today we feature the response of [continue reading]

Weekend Song: Napolian Strickland

Jan 7 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Napolian Strickland on fife, R.L. Boyce on snare drum, Othar Turner dancing; Blues Unlimited Yesterday the Alan Lomax Archive Channel offered an update with a distinctive video of Napolian Strickland singing and providing his own accompaniment on the diddley-bow: As the notes inform us, “Jesus Stop [continue reading]

Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 30 2011
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Woody Guthrie’s New Years Rulin’s; WoodyGuthrie.org
Another reason to look forward to 2012: the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. A full year of events, publications, exhibits, and recordings are planned – all of which can be followed on the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Website.
On the [continue reading]

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