:: Title :: The Road Is Rocky (Rocky Road Blues) (fragment) (II)
:: Genre :: bluegrass, blues, political song, topical song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified [fiddle, guitar, vocal, vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American
:: Session :: Vera Hall II 1948
:: Date :: 05/23/1948
:: Reference Information :: T819.0, Track 7 (00:01:09)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session is comprised of tapes recorded at 15 IPS, probably used as working sequences for a possible LP. Alan Lomax used an Echo box to produce the effect heard on Vera Hall's voice. These recordings have been compiled into an individual session because they were not recorded as candid interviews, but as conscious attempts at professional recording for commercial release. T819.07, 08, and 09 are fragments of Henry Wallace campaign songs sung by Woody Guthrie and an unidentified man, with fiddle and guitar.
2 - One of the tape boxes is given a date of Sunday, May 23rd. This date has been assumed for the entire session. [Source: Tape Box]
3 - This session of recordings represents the only time that Vera Hall left the state of Alabama. She was invited to New York by Alan Lomax to perform in the Fourth Annual Festival of Contemporary American Music at Columbia University in the City of New York, May 10th through May 16th, 1948, sponsored by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Vera performed on Saturday, May 15th, 8:30pm, at the McMillin Theater. The concert was entitled Ballads, Hoe-Downs, Spirituals (White and Negro), and Blues, with performances by Texas Gladden, Hobart Smith, Jean Ritchie, Brownie Mcghee, Vera Hall, Dan Burley, Pete Seeger, and narrations by Alan Lomax. These recordings were made not at the concert, but during the remainder of Vera Hall?s stay in New York with Alan Lomax.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Sung by some hillibillies for Wallace. [Source: Tape Box]
0 - A fragment of topical arrangement of "Rocky Road Blues" for Henry A. Wallace's 1948 campaign. Lomax spliced it to the end of one of his Vera Ward Hall tapes, and it has been left in this session to reflect that.
:: Collection :: Vera Hall 1948

 

 

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