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Virginia's Blues, Country, and Gospel Records, 1902-1943

Virginia's Blues, Country, and Gospel Records, 1902-1943: An Annotated Discography

Copyright Date: 1989
Pages: 248
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    Virginia's Blues, Country, and Gospel Records, 1902-1943
    Book Description:

    During the years before World War II, hundreds of traditional musicians were sought out by commercial record companies, brought to New York or into local -- often makeshift -- studios, to cut recordings that would be marketed as "race" and "hillbilly" music. Virginia was home to scores of these performers, several of whom were to become internationally known. Among them were the Carter Family, the Golden Gate Quartet, Charlie Poole, and the Stoneman Family, whose music has touched millions of listeners far beyond the confines of the Old Dominion.

    It is this historically important body of recordings from this unique period that forms the focus of Kip Lornell's study. In it he combines biographical sketches and bibliographies of the artists and groups with comprehensive discographies of each, covering not only the original 78-rpm issues but also American and foreign long-play releases. The entries incorporate new primary research and contemporary interviews with veterans of early recording sessions. Numerous vintage photographs are also included, some reproduced here for the first time.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6154-9
    Subjects: Music

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-16)

    In the cold February of 1927, Wise County banjo player and singer Dock Boggs learned that a representative from the Brunswick Record Company was auditioning talent in a Norton, Virginia, hotel. Boggs had long wanted to make records, so he traveled to Norton to see whether he could impress the scout. Less than a month later he was on a train to New York City to record.

    Accompanying Boggs on this odyssey was Dykes Magic City Trio, a community string band based in Gate City, Virginia (Scott County), and neighboring Kingsport, Tennessee. The members of this string band, Fiddlin’ John...

  6. Note on the Discography
    (pp. 17-18)
  7. Key to Record Label Abbreviations
    (pp. 19-20)
  8. Virginia Recording Artists
    (pp. 21-218)
  9. Appendix I. Possible Virginia Groups
    (pp. 221-222)
  10. Appendix 2. Border Groups
    (pp. 223-225)
  11. Appendix 3. Geographical Listing
    (pp. 226-227)
  12. Appendix 4. Reissues of Virginia Folk Music
    (pp. 228-232)
  13. General Bibliography
    (pp. 233-234)
  14. Interviews
    (pp. 235-235)
  15. Index of Artists
    (pp. 236-238)