Texas Gladden and Hobart Smith 1946

In 1946 Alan Lomax invited the prolific ballad singer Texas Gladden, of Saltville, Virginia, and her brother, multi-instrumentalist Hobart Smith, to perform with Andrew Rowan Summers and Jean Ritchie at Columbia University’s MacMillan Theater as part of a festival held by the university. The concert recordings of the two are included here. Lomax interviewed Gladden and Smith extensively during their stay in New York and also introduced them to Moses Asch, who issued an album of four of their recordings on his Disc label (later Folkways), with cover art by painter Ben Shahn. Gladden returned home to Saltville with the news that she had met Lead Belly. “Within a few years,” noted John Cohen, “Smith’s guitar picking style was heard in New York’s Washington Square folk music scene, where ‘Railroad Bill’ was especially imitated.”

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Texas Gladden & Hobart Smith 1946 New York, United States 1946
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