:: Title :: Interview with Ada Combs about courting, square dances, snake-handlers, God's will, and killings
:: Genre :: banjo tune, interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Collins, Shirley [vocal]
Combs, Ada [banjo (five-string), vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: The home of Ada Combs
:: Location :: Whitesburg (Letcher County), Kentucky (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Appalachian, Kentucky
:: Session :: Whitesburg I 9/59
:: Date :: 9/8-9/11, 1959
:: Reference Information :: T865.0, Track 1 (00:32:12)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Interviews with Ada Combs of Whitesburg, Kentucky, recorded onto Lomax's "Midgetape," an early dictaphone machine about 6" x 10" in size that used a small tape cartridge holding two reels of tape, stacked on top of each other. One cartridge was transferred to 1/4", and accessioned as T865; the other was not. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Combs tells Alan about courting, square dances, snakehandlers and escaping from snakes. Alan asks Ada why folks handle snakes. She replies: "They think the Lord's a tellin them to do all that work - he ain't tellin them nothing! You read your bible and see if he tells you! Why, the Lord don't even know people like that!" [Source: Editor]
0 - Alan Lomax: "A transcription from the Miniature recorder [Midgetape]. She tells about hunting, snake-handlers, boa-constrictors and hippo she saw, banjo tunes, accidents, killings." [Source: Tape Log]
:: Collection :: Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960

 

 

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