April 28, 2015

The Recordings Of Grayson And Whitter 1927-1930

County Records – 513

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Handsome Molly
A2 He Is Coming To Us Dead
A3 Ommie Wise
A4 Short Life Of Trouble
A5 Where Are You Going Alice
B1 I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day
B2 Joking Henry
B3 Nine Pound Hammer
B4 What You Gonna Do With The Baby
B5 Don't Go Out Tonight My Darling
B6 Dark Road Is A Hard Road To Travel
G. B. Grayson (fiddle) Henry Whitter (guitar/vocals)

April 27, 2015

POSITIVELY PORCO - Gerde's Folk City

POSITIVELY PORCO is the definitive documentary film being made about New York City's first Folk Music cabaret, Gerde's Folk City. Filmed to enlighten even the most staunch Folk Revival enthusiast and historian, POSITIVELY PORCO is the story of Mike Porco and the club a thousand musicians called HOME. Mike Porco, was instrumental in, literally, setting the stage for the music revolution of the '60's. During Mike Porco's stewardship (1960-1980) the club hosted early performances by a constellation of Folk and traditional music stars. Many American radio standards and Civil rights anthems were ofttimes heard by the public at Gerde's Folk City for the first time. A list Folk City's distinctive fraternity of aspiring young artists and legendary recording stars borders on myth. They were all teenagers and 20-somethings when they got there, and decades later, they're still doing 'what they do'.... that is - Play Music. But not just any kind of music.

April 26, 2015

Early Blue Grass Music by The Monroe Brohers

Victor RA-5281

Format: Vinyl, LP, Mono
Country: Japan
Released: 1960s
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 The Saints Go Marching In
A2 Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy
A3 On The Banks Of Ohio
A4 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
A5 Goodbye Maggie
A6 On That Old Gospel Ship
A7 A Beautiful Life
B1 Have A Feast Here Tonight
B2 The Great Speckled Bird
B3 No Home No Place To Pillow My Head
B4 Darling Corey
B5 I Am Thinking Tonight Of The Old Folks
B6 Will The Circle Be Unbroken
B7 New River Train
Charlie Monroe (vocals/guiter) and Bill Monroe (vocals/mandolin)
Manufactured by Victor Company of Japan. Original: RCA Camden CAL-774 (1963)

April 23, 2015

In Memory: The Delmore Bros. - Volume 1

Pine Mountain Records PMR-218

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1974
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Life's Too Short
A2 The Arm Of God
A3 Red River Valley
A4 You Can't Do Wrong
A5 Blues Stay Away From Me
A6 Brown's Ferry Blues
B1 The Girl By The River
B2 Long Journey Home
B3 Silver Threads Among The Gold
B4 Weary Day
B5 Calling To That Other Shore
B6 Give Me Your Hand
Alton and Rabon Delmor. Rabon played the four string tenor guitar and in most cases sang the harmony. Alton played the standard six string Spanish guitar and sang lead. On occasion, they would switch parts to get a better blend. "King Records‎– 910" was released in 1964. This album was reissued and electronically rechanneled to simulate Stereo.

April 21, 2015

Ballads And Songs Of The Blue Ridge Mountains

Asch Records‎ AH-3831
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Folk
A1 The Hanging of Georgie: Paul Joines (1:34)
A2 Returning Sweetheart: Sarah Hawkes (1:54)
A3 Barbry Allen: Granny Porter and Wade Ward (2:43)
A4 The Young Men and Maids: Paul Joines (2:19)
A5 The Green Willow Tree: Paul Joines (4:21)
A6 Ho Lilly Ho: Sarah Hawkes (2:15)
A7 Walkin' in the Parlor: Kilby Reeves (1:22)
A8 Little Sparrow: Sarah Hawkes (1:50)
A9 County Jail: Kilby Reeves (1:50)
A10 Warfare is A-Raging: Aunt Polly Joines (1:22)
A11 Pig in a Pen: Spud Gravely and Glen Smith (2:31)
A12 Roving Ranger: Paul Joines (2:52)
B1 Pretty Polly: The Cruel Ship's Carpenter (2:09)
B2 George Allen: Lady Alice (1:16)
B3 Roving Gambler: Hobart and Larry Delp with Joe Kyles (2:28)
B4 Ten Thousand Miles: Ruby Vass (3:22)
B5 1809: Glen Neaves (3:12)
B6 Little Maggie: Ivor Melton, Cullen Galyean and Claudine Lambert (3:36)
B7 Death Of The Lawson Family: Glen Neaves (1:55)
B8 Lonesome Day: Ruby Vass (2:13)
B9 Budded Roses: Paul Jones and Cliff Evans (2:35)
Liner Notes: Eric Davidson and Paul Newman
Stemming from a want to preserve the dwindling unique oral traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountain back-country region, Eric Davidson, Paul Newman and Caleb Finch performed field recordings of songs that exemplified the evolution of ballads in the region, creating an anthology of music that characterized the musical mountain traditions. Originating from folk music of the British Isles, many of the songs are performed with little or no instrumental accompaniment. These beautiful archaic folk melodies have retained their roots in the ballad and lament tradition, sung here by both men and women (traditionally ballads were sung only by women) with occasional lively banjo accompaniments.

April 20, 2015

The Railroad In Folksong

RCA Victor LPV-532

Series: RCA Victor Vintage Series
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Old-time
A1 J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (6/16/39) Orange Blossom Special (2:56)
A2 Carolina Tar Heels (4/3/29) The Train's Done Left Me (3:09)
A3 Carter Family (2/25/29 The Engine One-Forty-Three (3:18)
A4 Harry "Mac" McClintock (3/16/28) Jerry, Go Ile That Car (2:38)
A5 Tenneva Ramblers (2/18/28) If I Die A Railroad Man (2:56)
A6 Blind Alfred Reed (7/28/27) The Wreck Of The Virginian (2:56)
A7 Monroe Brothers (2/17/36) Nine Pound Hammer Is Too Heavy (2:12)
A8 Jimmie Davis (5/26/31) The Davis Limited (3:09)
B1 Delmore Brothers (9/29/38) The Cannon Ball (2:12)
B2 J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (8/6/35) The Longest Train (3:11)
B3 Vernon Dalhart (3/18/26) Wreck Of The Old 97 (3:17)
B4 Grayson & Whitter (7/31/28) The Red And Green Signal Lights
B5 Byron Parker And His Mountaineers (10/10/40) Peanut Special (2:44)
B6 Johnson Brothers (5/24/28) Crime Of The D'Autremont Brothers (3:02)
B7 Palmer McAbee (2/21/28) McAbee's Railroad Piece
B8 Paul Warmack And His Gully Jumpers (10/1/28) The Little Red Caboose Behind The Train (2:58)
Liner Notes: Archie Green, Reissue Producer: Mike Lipskin, Remastering: Don Miller
Reissue of railroad music from the 20's and 30's.

April 19, 2015

Smoky Mountain Ballads

Japan Victor VRA-5005

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono
Country: Japan
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Country
A1 Where Is My Sailor Boy?: Monroe Brothers (2:46)
A2 When The World's On Fire: Carter Family (3:01)
A3 Down With The Old Canoe: Dixon Brothers (2:49)
A4 Chittlin' Cookin' Time In Cheatham County: Arthur Smith Trio (2:32)
A5 Weeping Willow Tree: Monroe Brothers (3:14)
A6 Worried Man Blues: Carter Family (2:45)
A7 On A Cold Winter's Night: J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (3:00)
A8 On Tanner's Farm: Gid Tanner And Riley Puckett (2:52)
B1 Beautiful Beautiful Brown Eyes: Blue Sky Boys (2:52)
B2 I'm Bound To Ride: Arthur Smith Trio (2:18)
B3 Intoxicated Rat: Dixon Brothers (2:35)
B4 Railroadin' And Gamblin': Uncle Dave Macon (2:37)
B5 The East Virginia Blues: Carter Family (2:45)
B6 Ida Red: Gid Tanner And His Skillet Lickers (2:50)
B7 There's More Pretty Girls Than One: Arthur Smith Trio (3:04)
B8 Cumberland Mountain Deer Race: Uncle Dave Macon (2:50)
Originally released: 1964 RCA Victor LPV-507

April 18, 2015

Cecil Sharp and Morris Dancing

With Morris Dancers, Oxford, England 1899

By chance Boxing Day 1899, Cecil Sharp (22 November 1859 – 23 June 1924) whilst visiting relations in Oxford saw and heard, for the first time Morris dancing as performed by Headingtom Quarry Morris Men. It inspired Sharp to set about collecting dances and songs from all over England in the following years. Cecil Sharp is pictured right with his Morris Dancers. (via History of Morris Dancing)

YouTube  Morris Dancing under Bridge of Sighs on May Day in Oxford

April 17, 2015

Bluegrass And Old Timey Music: Charles River Valley Boys

Prestige Folklore‎– FL 14017

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Recorded June 1962
Released: 1963
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Rocky Island (3:27)
A2 White Dove (3:24)
A3 Front Porch Backstep (2:51)
A4 Flying Saucers (2:03)
A5 Away Out On The Mountain (3:04)
A6 Foggy Foggy Dew (2:24)
A7 Easy Winner (1:44)
A8 Leavin' Home (2:57)
B1 The Auctioneer (2:56)
B2 Victim To The Tomb (3:19)
B3 Crazy Creek (2:23)
B4 Baby-O (2:39)
B5 Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me (2:27)
B6 Soldier's Joy (2:14)
B7 Oh Me, Oh My (2:37)
B8 Short Life Of Trouble (2:44)
Bob Siggins (banjo) Ethan Signer (fiddle) John Cooke (guitar) Ethan Signer (mandolin) Fritz Richmond (washtub bass)
Mastered by Rudy Van Gelder

April 16, 2015

Samantha Bumgarner : First Female Recording Artist

Samantha Bumgarner (right) at Asheville Mountain Music Festival, August 1938

Samantha Bumgarner (1878-1960) was a fiddle and banjo player from North Carolina who, in 1924, became the first woman to record hillbilly music. In doing so, she opened the doors for all the great female hillbilly and country musicians who followed. Imagine for a second a world without Brenda Lee, Iris Dement, Jean Shepard, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Norma Jean, Skeeter Davis, Sue Thompson and Tammy Wynette, to name a few. Not a pretty place.

Photo by Ben Shahn (1937) LOC
In April 1924, accompanied by guitarist Eva Smathers Davis of nearby Sylva, Bumgarner traveled to New York City where, on the 23, she and Davis recorded ten songs both together and solo. According to County Music Magazine, that record was also the first release by female musicians in the hillbilly genre. were also the first recordings of a five-string banjo. Although today the Cashville country scene has little use for anything but this week’s disposable pap, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum there does feature the 78s of her initial recordings, which were:

Big-eyed Rabbit (Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis) Cindy in the Meadows (Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis) Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (Samantha Bumgarner) The Gamblin' Man (Samantha Bumgarner) Georgia Blues (Samantha Bumgarner) I Am My Mother's Darlin' Child (Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis) John Hardy (Eva Davis) Shout Lou (Samantha Bumgarner) Wild Bill Jones (Eva Davis) Worried Blues (Samantha Bumgarner)

[via Amoeblog : Read more...]

April 15, 2015

Early Blue Grass - RCA Victor Vintage Series

RCA Victor – LPV-569

Format: Vinyl, LP, Mono, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1969
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Salty Dog Blues (11/14/45) Morris Brothers (2:37)
A2 All The Good Times Are Passed And Gone (8/3/37) Monroe Brothers (2:40)
A3 Little Bessie (1/25/38) Blue Sky Boys (3:06)
A4 Going To Georgia (2/14/38) Zeke Morris And Wade Mainer (2:48)
A5 Can You Forgive? (10/9/40) Roy Hall And His Blue Ridge Entertainers (3:00)
A6 End Of Memory Lane (11/7/47) Charlie Monroe And His Blue Ridge Pardners (BMI 2:45)
A7 Cryin' Holy Unto My Lord (10/7/40) Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys (P.D. 2:26)
B1 The Windy Mountain (9/26/54) Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (BMI 2:32)
B2 The Chalk Up Another One (11/16/54) Jimmy Martin And Osborne Brothers (2:37)
B3 The 20/20 Vision (11/16/54) Jimmy Martin And Osborne Brothers (2:40)
B4 The No Curb Service (9/26/54) Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (BMI 2:03)
B5 Pretty Polly (8/21/56) Country Pardners (P.D. 2:15)
B6 The Save It! Save It! (11/16/54) Jimmy Martin And Osborne Brothers (1:58)
B7 Shake My Mothers Hand For Me (10/2/41) Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys (P.D. 3:03)

April 1, 2015


(L to R) Idhirō Hosoya, Me, Makoto Ōeda, Kenji Tanaka, Junpei Sakuma (Kawanishi City 1974)

Tsutomu Otsuka
A freelance photographer, based in Kyoto, and the editor in chief for the Kyoto Photo Press. Usually he uses digital cameras, however he loves medium and large format film cameras as Rolleiflex TLR, Holga 120 PC, Tachihara Fielstand 45II, Holga 120, ZERO Image 4x5, Harman TiTan 4x5 pinhole and Deardorff View 8x10, etc. Also he loves Irish and American roots music.
Personal History
  • 1943 Born in Fussa City, Tokyo
  • 1966 Graduated Department of Photographic Technology of Chiba Univesity
  • 1966 Joined the Asahi Shimbun Osaka as a staff photographer
  • 1970 Moved Ashahi Shimbun Kobe Branch Office
  • 1972 Moved Ashahi Shimbun Tokyo as a staff for the magazines
  • 1977 Organized proffetional photographers group "Fish Eye '77"
  • 1989 Moved Ashahi Shimbun Kyoto Branch Office
  • 1992 Director of the All Japan Associasion of Photographic Societies Kansai
  • 1995 Organized Kyoto Photo Press
  • 2003 Freelance photographer
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