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Welcome to bluegrass and Delta program of all time American music. We have good fortune on this computing program in the Bluegrass and Mountain Series to be talking with Dr. Edward Mellon of the University of Michigan chemistry department on today's program we're going to hear a number of Dr. Mellons records of old American folk music. The first elections about 40 years old is now dead. Yeah it was made back in October of nine hundred twenty seven I believe the man named Alfred G Carnes and who is he. Well he's another one of these people who just came out of the Hills apparently and made a few records and then disappeared forever again he was blind as far as I can tell. But that's all I know about him. Well let's hear some of his music then. This is called the Promised Land.
Our parent. Long. Time. Man. Can't. There were. Long. And. Detailed. Than. An Atlanta. Thing. In a. Long. Time. I found one of the ones. Where one will come. And go and. Come back. From a long long. Long. Long. Way. And one of. The things. That God heard the. Word. And not. The. Number. One upon. Her. And told. Me.
What a long. Time. Don't panic. In the morning. Where. Our. Cars. Are found and. The. Amount of the. Land. Going to come along. Where. Cars. And knowing. The. Wintel are and. Playing. And. The. Wind chill and.
Keep. Me. For. The phone. For the phone. Number. For the power. Bar and. Worthy and. A. True fair. Go Round. There in. Our. Car with. The font our. Group come back. On the phone. And. Come back. For the power to. The tune of I'm bound for the promised land is very similar to that of Don't Let Your deal go down and probably a number of
other songs too. Let's hear a little bit of Don't Let Your dealer go down to see how the New Lost City Ramblers handle the same tune. Thank. God.
That's about all the time we have for that I just wanted to show that the tune has been used in other places not a fairly rare old recording is the steel guitar blues going to tell us something about the song. Yeah it's by Ole ole Roy Acuff who's now a big man in the Nashville publishing business but at this time about nine hundred thirty six in Birmingham Alabama where this record was made he was just the next broken down baseball player with a band called the crazy Tennesseans. I think the main interest in this song is the the Dubrow guitar which shows more Hawaiian influence than the country influence that came in later. Now it's not really a steel guitar as the title implies it is a steel guitar because it's played with a steel bar as the word applies to the people who made it or how the doper brothers yeah. OK let's hear the song it's called the steel guitar blues.
I may. End up losing. My baby. Food and. Hardly. Made any. Back. To Baghdad looking. Back. On to the grass. And. Take.
A. Break. In the. Rain. You know. That guitar rain. You bring. Order on. The way up on a night. Get. That. Back. In the day my. Man. Made that. FACE.
The steel guitar blues from the mid 30s for the last recording on today's program let's turn to Bill Monroe's song the first whippoorwill did he actually write the song. I believe he did that he wrote I'd say about half of the songs that he recorded during his first period. And this is from his purse period about 1950 or so I'd say. This one is particularly interesting because of the harmony he had at that time with him a man named Jimmy Martin who played the guitar and sang the second voice in the harmony and he kept Jimi around long enough so that they got so they really blended well you know in their singing. As far as what the song means oh I've never been able to figure it out I have to pass on is it the first work will spring or something I don't know it has something to do with war because there's a at least Ah prefer to think so because there's a phrase over the hill that occurs somewhere in it but I've never been able to figure it out otherwise. OK well let's listen to it now.
For a planet near a mine done in. No way. Was to land on the moon. Now the day. I know was that. Land and Boulder are the. Sheep to go to the earth. Eat. Them flour and it.
Does but the dreams of. Virgin land. That they are born in me. Was. And. Told her. To go when Hannah and her forever. Home. I'd been. Writing.
For. The air. You. Were there. And the first whippoorwill constitutes a very fitting conclusion to the series of bluegrass and mountains getting back to Bill Monroe who after all started all the bluegrass music.
Bluegrass and mountains
Old-timey recordings of Dr. Edward Mellon
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University of Michigan
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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This program features a variety of recordings from the collection of Dr. Edward Mellon, a faculty member at the University of Michigan with an interest in old time music.
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Recordings of and talk about a wide variety of old time American music.
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Guest: Mellon, Edward
Host: Fidell, S. A. (Sanford A.)
Performer: Acuff, Roy
Performer: Karnes, Alfred G., 1891-1958
Producing Organization: University of Michigan
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 66-36-13 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:31
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