Friday, August 07, 2015

Oldtime Country Music at

The Internet Archive may not be the first place you look for old-time country sounds, but some old-time radio and 78 rpm record collectors have digitized an amazing amount of 20th century American  culture.

I'll come back and edit this, but wanted to put a few links out where new old-time music friends can find them today.

Sorry if there are spelling errors, and if you have to cut and paste the links into a browser. The first draft of this was done with my left thumb on a smartphone during a singing class at Augusta Heritage Center. (

Most of these are radio. Some are 1950s TV. The Delmore brothers sell their gospel song book, the Willis Brothers  swing "Hillbilly Heaven." All Star Western Theatre combines accordion and guitar western harmonizing with short dramatic productions with cowboy movie stars of the forties. Pat Daniels Hillbilly Boys sold Hillbilly flour with Texas Swing, while Hank Williams sold Mother's Best flour with his country blues. Plenty here to explore. Booklet PDF (Pat O'Daniel & the...), 74 episodes

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Some songs from Augusta

After singing along with these songs in Paul Brown's workshops at Davis & Elkins College's Augusta Heritage old-time music week,  I compulsively went off looking for alternative versions, additional lyrics,  and YouTube videos.

Cumberland Gap

Deadheads and suckers

Tempy Roll Down Your Bangs

Railroad Bill (with brakemans vest, nancy hanks verse)

Trouble in Mind

My home is across the blue ridge mountains

Walking in my sleep

Poor Ellen Smith
murder case, Winston Salem c.1897