Beyond the familiar forms of Mississippi Delta Blues and mainstream country music, the vernacular music of the South also ranges from the ceremonial music of Native Americans, to "shout" singing in South Carolina sea islands, Cajun fiddling, and Mexican-American conjunto music. Sounds of the South assesses past efforts to document these richly varied musical forms and the challenges facing future work.
"Sounds of the South"-a 1989 conference that gathered record collectors, folklorists, musicians, record producers, librarians, archivists, and traditional music lovers-celebrated the official opening of the Southern Folklife Collection with the John Edwards Memorial Collection at the library of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Based on that conference, Sounds of the South includes Bill Malone's account of his own career as fan and scholar of country music, Paul Oliver on European blues scholarship, and Ray Funk on researching Black Gospel Quartets.
The contributors look at a number of topics related to the role of the archivist/folklorist in recording and documenting the music of the South-evaluating past fieldwork and current needs in documentation, archival issues, prospects for the publication of recordings, and changes in music and technology. Written in an accessible style, this volume will be of interest to all those concerned with preserving the music of the American South.
Daniel W. Patterson is Kenan Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the coeditor, with Charles W. Zug III, of Arts in Earnest: North Carolina Folklife (Duke University Press).
List of Illustrations ix Preface / Michael T. Casey, George M. Holt, and Daniel W. Patterson xi Introduction / Daniel W. Patterson 1 Part One: Personal and Historical Perspectives Evaluating Our Work and Ourselves / Bess Lomax Hawes 31 Country Music and the Academy: A Thirty-Year Professional Odyssey / Bill C. Malone 41 Overseas Blues: Europeans and the Blues / Paul Oliver 57 Looking for Henry Reed: Confessions of a Revivalist / Thomas Carter 73 Research Approaches to Black Gospel Quartets / Ray Funk 90 Part Two: Archival Preservation of Southern Music The John Edwards Memorial Foundation: Its History and Significance / Norm Cohen 113 The History of the Southern Folklife Collection: The Era of Surprise / Daniel W. Patterson 127 The History of the Southern Folklife Collection: Recent Developments 133 Who's Got What: A Survey of Southern Traditional Music in Public Repositories / Walter C. West and Michael T. Casey 140 The Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore: An Experiment in Guerilla Academics / Barry Ancelet 148 Part Three: Issues for the Future Life as We Knew It / Allen Tullos 157 Turning Inward and Outward: Retrospective and Prospective Considerations in the Recording of Vernacular Music in the South / David E. Whisnant 165 Afterword: "Our Music": Exhit Ahead / Archie Green 183 Notes 191 Contributors and Conference Speakers 207 Index 215