Tag Archives: Alan Lomax

This Historic Day In Music: Georgia Turner & The Rising Sun Blues (Yes, again.)

I love this story. In September of 1937, Alan Lomax and his wife, Elizabeth, took a song-collecting trip through the mountains of Kentucky. Alan had recently been appointed as the Assistant in Charge of the Archive of Folk Song of … Continue reading

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Two Days In New York City

I’ve written about days like this before: days that are pinpoints on the timeline of music history, when paths crossed and discoveries were made. Days that changed lives and (ultimately) changed music. For instance… August 1, 1927: The day that … Continue reading

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September’s Songs

On the sixstr stories calendar of historic days in music, no month has as many dates commemorating individual pieces of music than September. Here’s the list! (Happy listening!) September 4th On this date in 1962, The Beatles – 21-year-old John … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: John & Alan Lomax Meet Huddie Ledbetter

This is a reprise of a post that originally appeared on sixstr stories in July, 2010. In early June, 1933, Texas-based Folk song collector John Lomax and his 18-year-old son, Alan, drove out of Dallas on a mission. They were … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Georgia Turner Sings Her Favorite Song For Alan Lomax

I woke up this morning with an idea for a blog post. I worked on the idea off and on in my head all day as I did chores, ate lunch, drove to and from Portsmouth and then mowed the … Continue reading

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A Trip To The Library

Eighty years ago this month, in July of 1933, musicologist John Lomax and his 18-year-old son Alan met and recorded Huddie Ledbetter, a singer and 12-string guitarist, at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, West Feliciana Paris, Louisiana. Huddie, who … Continue reading

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a sixstr stories “interview”

Today, we’re talking with Alan Lomax. Mr. Lomax is the founder of The Association for Cultural Equity and former Assistant in Charge of the Archive of Folk Song of the Library of Congress. He is a highly respected folklorist, ethnomusicologist … Continue reading

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