Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Great Big Yam Potatoes (Anglo-American fiddle music from Mississippi)



Here's a great old-time fiddle lp presenting field recordings made for the Library of Congress in 1939. You'll hear the music of 10 old-time fiddlers from Mississippi playing in a beautiful archaic southern syle. On many tracks, the fiddlers are accompanied by someone beating straws on the fiddle neck, an old way of providing a back-up rhythm to fiddle music.
I made a pdf file of the 16-page booklet that goes with the lp, with many photographs, notes on the musicians and the tunes they played and some musical annotations.
Enjoy!
Download here (zip file of the lp cut in MP3 tracks with pdf of the booklet)

9 comments:

Glenn said...

Je pense qu'y a une problème avec le fichier zip.....

gadaya said...

Hello Glenn, i tried to download the zip file on another computer and it worked fine... Maybe try again...

doc said...

Excellent! Thanks for sharing this.

Glenn said...

Anyone else having problems unzipping this? I've tried winzip and WinRAR. When I enter the zip folder its says the subfolders are 0 Kb.....

Can't wait to hear this stuff

Bernie Stocks said...

Thanks - B

Dave Linder said...

Yes, It can't be unzipped due to a path issue - I have been able to play each file from winrar though - it sounds like an awesome collection! Hopefully the issue will be fixed - very grateful for the old albums that have been posted - alot of this stuff would be regrettably lost without this blogger's hard work!

vilstef said...

Really wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Noah said...

Another excellent album. Those harmonics on "Farewell to Whiskey" are almost no-wave...

Kate said...

Can't open in Windows Media nor iTunes; what's the tricky path please?