Collection Number: 20106

Collection Title: North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983

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Archival processing of the North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 15 items
Abstract The North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection contains radio programs and associated field recordings, 1982-1983, produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project, a National Endowment for the Arts funded media project directed by folklorist Cecelia (Cece) Conway. As project director, Conway headed the production of North Carolina Traditions, an 8-part radio series featuring North Carolina based musicians that aired on WUNC, the flagship National Public Radio station for the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. The collection primarily consists of master recordings, 1982-1983, of these radio programs produced by the grant funded project. The collection also includes associated field recordings, 1983, featuring the North Carolina based blues guitarist and vocalist, Algia Mae Hinton. The North Carolina Traditions radio programs feature such artists as Etta Baker, a nationally-recognized African-American Piedmont blues guitarist from Caldwell County, N.C.; traditional Anglo-American fiddler Ike Rochelle, singer and accordion player Worth Mason, and fiddler Otha Willard, all from the coastal region of N.C.; Dorsey Dixon (1897-1968), Anglo-American singer and composer of textile and other songs from Richmond County; African-American gospel quartet the Golden Echoes of Granville County; Big Boy Henry (1921- ), African-American blues guitarist and singer from Beaufort County; Algia Mae Hinton (1929- ), African-American blues singer and guitarist and buck dancer from Johnston County; and John ("Frail") Joines (1914- ), Anglo-American traditional storyteller from Brushy Mountain, Wilkes County.
Creator North Carolina Folklife Media Project.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection #20106, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Brett Sutton in July 1988 (Acc. 102538).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The North Carolina Folklife Media Project was a National Endowment for the Arts funded media project directed by folklorist Cecelia (Cece) Conway from the years 1982-1983. As project director, Conway headed the production of North Carolina Traditions, an 8-part radio series featuring North Carolina based musicians that aired on WUNC, the flagship National Public Radio station for the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Producers for the radio program included Garry Barrow, Cece Conway, Della Coulter, Bill Mansfield, Michael Matross, Tom Rankin, Brett Sutton, and Allen Tullos, while the technical director for the series was Brett Sutton. Along with the radio series, the grant-funded media project also included the production of a photo essay.

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The North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection contains 15 open reel audio recordings, 1982-1983, produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project, a National Endowment for the Arts funded media project directed by folklorist Cecelia (Cece) Conway. As project director, Conway headed the production of North Carolina Traditions, an 8-part radio series featuring North Carolina based musicians that aired on WUNC, the flagship National Public Radio station for the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. The collection primarily consists of 10 open reel master recordings, 1982-1983, of these radio programs produced by the grant funded project. The collection also includes 5 additional open reels of associated field recordings, 1983, featuring the North Carolina based blues guitarist and vocalist, Algia Mae Hinton. The North Carolina Traditions radio programs feature such artists as Etta Baker, a nationally-recognized African-American Piedmont blues guitarist from Caldwell County, N.C.; traditional Anglo-American fiddler Ike Rochelle, singer and accordion player Worth Mason, and fiddler Otha Willard, all from the coastal region of N.C.; Dorsey Dixon (1897-1968), Anglo-American singer and composer of textile and other songs from Richmond County; African-American gospel quartet the Golden Echoes of Granville County; Big Boy Henry (1921- ), African-American blues guitarist and singer from Beaufort County; Algia Mae Hinton (1929- ), African-American blues singer and guitarist and buck dancer from Johnston County; and John ("Frail") Joines (1914- ), Anglo-American traditional storyteller from Brushy Mountain, Wilkes County.

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15 items.

Arrangement: Original order has been maintained.

Titles and descriptions taken from original tapes.

Field notes for FT-20106/3408-3417 reside in the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3408

North Carolina Traditions: Musical Change on the Coastal Plain, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3408

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 29 minutes, 52 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producer: Bill Mansfield, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

Recording includes performance by Ike Rochelle (fiddle), Worth Mason (singer, accordion), and Otha Willard (fiddle)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3409

North Carolina Traditions: Nobody's Business If I Do: Miss Etta Baker of Caldwell County, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3409

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 30 minutes, 12 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producer: Cece Conway, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3410

North Carolina Traditions: Frail Joines: Brushy Mountain Taleteller, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3410

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 28 minutes, 58 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producer: Allen Tullos, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3411

North Carolina Traditions: Sing Til It Goes Away: Bluesman Big Boy Henry, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3411

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 28 minutes, 54 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producer: Tom Rankin, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

Songs featured on this recording include: "I Carried That Little Girl to the Doctor," "Red River," "I Gets the Blues at Bedtime," "Old Bill" and "Warehouse Fire"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3412

North Carolina Traditions: Dorsey Dixon: Famous for the Lord, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3412

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 30 minutes, 5 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producers: Della Coulter and Michael Matross, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

Songs featured on this recording include: "Give Me the Roses,", "Beyond Black Smoke," "Cleveland Schoolhouse Fire," "Danville Girl," "Sales Tax On Women," "Easter Day," "Weave Room Blues," "Intoxicated Rat," "Crash on the Highway" (Roy Acuff), and "Never Turn Back"

Original recordings heard in this program were provided by the John Edwards Memorial Foundation, the Country Music Foundation, and the North Carolina Office of Folklore Programs. Interview material was provided by William and Lola Dixon, and Dorsey and Ethen Dixon.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3413

North Carolina Traditions: Algia Mae Hinton: Blues Woman of Zebulon, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3413

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 28 minutes, 58 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producers: Garry Barrow, Cece Conway, and Brett Sutton, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

Songs featured on this recording include: "Goin' Down the Road," "Careless Love," "Honey Babey," "Chicken Head," "You Gonna Miss Me," "Praise God," "Shine On," "Step It Up and Go," "I Am Fighting For My Right," and "Did You Get That Letter"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3414

North Carolina Traditions: Mighty Close to Heaven: The Golden Echoes of Creedmore, N.C., WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3414

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration, 28 minutes 58 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Producer: Brett Sutton, Project Director: Cece Conway, Technical Director: Brett Sutton

Members of the Golden Echoes include: John Landis (singer), Claude Landis (singer), Luther Foster (singer), Ronald Perry (singer), Andrew Green (singer), Kenneth Daniel (guitar), Ken Brodie (guitar), Johnny Malone (bass), and Sid Brodie (drums)

Songs featured on this recording include: "Rejoice in the Lord" (Claude, lead), "Old Rugged Cross" (John, lead), "From Out of the Dust" (Claude, solo), "Union in Heaven" (John and Bertha, duet), "Remember Me" (John, lead), and "Troubles Of This World" (John, lead)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3415

North Carolina Traditions: Sing til it Goes Away: Bluesman Big Boy Henry, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 17 August 1982 #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3415

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Duration 28 minutes, 58 seconds

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

Songs featured on this recording include: "Miss Lucy Gray," "Old Bull," "Greyhound," "C.C. Rider," "Goin to Chicago," "Lightnin's Gone to Cypress Grove," and "Whiskey Headed Woman"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3416

North Carolina Traditions: The Golden Echoes of Creedmore: Mights Close to Heaven, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. master outtakes #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3416

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Outtakes from "The Golden Echoes of Creedmore: Mights Close to Heaven" (FT-20106/3417), which was produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/3417

North Carolina Traditions: The Golden Echoes of Creedmore: Mights Close to Heaven, WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/3417

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Original Master

Program produced by the North Carolina Folklife Media Project and distributed by WUNC-FM

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/6110

Algia Mae Hinton #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/6110

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Raw field recording used as source material for "North Carolina Traditions: Algia Mae Hinton: Blues Woman of Zebulon" (FT-20106/3413)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/6111

Algia Mae Hinton interview and singing, 9 January 1983 #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/6111

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Raw field recording used as source material for "North Carolina Traditions: Algia Mae Hinton: Blues Woman of Zebulon" (FT-20106/3413); Recording includes an interview with Algia Mae Hinton about old times, farming wages, Hinton's father, dancing, and the church. Songs performed by Algia Mae Hinton include: "I'm Gonna Leave Here Walking," "Don't Let No Woman Make A Fool Out of You," "Step It Up and Go," and "Moving Star"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/6112

Algia Mae Hinton interview, 9 July 1983 #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/6112

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Raw field recording used as source material for "North Carolina Traditions: Algia Mae Hinton: Blues Woman of Zebulon" (FT-20106/3413); Recording includes interview with Algia Mae Hinton about child discipline, kids today, welfare, and working.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/6113

Algia Mae Hinton #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/6113

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Raw field recording used as source material for "North Carolina Traditions: Algia Mae Hinton: Blues Woman of Zebulon" (FT-20106/3413)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20106/6114

Algia Mae Hinton and Willie O'Neal, 16 July 1983 #20106, Series: "North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection, 1982-1983" FT-20106/6114

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Raw field recording used as source material for "North Carolina Traditions: Algia Mae Hinton: Blues Woman of Zebulon"( FT-20106/3413); Songs performed by Algia Mae Hinton and Willie O'Neal include: "I Got Heaven On My Mind," "Sweet Home" (with discussion of tunings and talk about Estelle Williams), "If You See My Mother" (sung by Willie O'Neal), "I Got to See You Sometime" (with discussion of tunings), "Come On, Baby Don't You Want to Go," and "See, See Rider"

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2016

Archival processing of the North Carolina Folklife Media Project Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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