Collection Number: 20299-z

Collection Title: Molly Conrecode Interview with Bland Simpson, 1990-1998

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Size 2 items
Abstract A 1990 oral history interview conducted by Molly Conrecode, a white folklorist, with Bland Simpson, a white author, playwright, songwriter, and musician, who was a member of the North Carolina string band, the Red Clay Ramblers. In the audiocassette recording Bland Simpson discusses Diamond Studs, a musical about Jesse James that he wrote with Jim Wann, and how that musical led to his playing piano with the Red Clay Ramblers beginning in the 1970s. Other topics addressed by Simpson include regionalism and pluralism in the music of the Red Clay Ramblers, the introduction of brass instruments to the band's music, and Chapel Hill, N.C., during the 1970s. The collection also includes a note from Molly Conrecode to the Southern Folklife Collection regarding the donation of the oral history interview to the SFC.
Creator Conrecode, Molly Ann.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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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 Molly Conrecode Interview with Bland Simpson #20299, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Molly Conrecode in March 1998 (Acc. 98108).
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Folklorist Molly Conrecode of Youngstown, Ohio received her master's degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

Bland Simpson (1948- ), who grew up near Elizabeth City, N.C., is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC where he teaches creative writing. He is an author, songwriter, award-winning playwright known for his musicals including, Diamond Studs, as well as pianist for the North Carolina musical group the Red Clay Ramblers.

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A 1990 oral history interview conducted by Molly Conrecode, a white folklorist, with Bland Simpson, a white author, playwright, songwriter, and musician, who was a member of the North Carolina string band, the Red Clay Ramblers. In the audiocassette recording Bland Simpson discusses Diamond Studs, a musical about Jesse James that he wrote with Jim Wann, and how that musical led to his playing piano with the Red Clay Ramblers beginning in the 1970s. Other topics addressed by Simpson include regionalism and pluralism in the music of the Red Clay Ramblers, the introduction of brass instruments to the band's music, and Chapel Hill, N.C., during the 1970s. The collection also includes a note from Molly Conrecode to the Southern Folklife Collection regarding the donation of the oral history interview to the SFC.

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2 items.

Processing information: Audiocassette title compiled from SFC database. Folder 1 was formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folder 350.

Folder 1

Note, 1998: FS-20299/4494 #20299-z, Series: "Molly Conrecode Interview with Bland Simpson, 1990-1998." Folder 1

Formerly folder 350 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20299/4494

Interview with Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 28 November 1990 #20299-z, Series: "Molly Conrecode Interview with Bland Simpson, 1990-1998." FS-20299/4494

Audiocassette

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Laura Smith, July 2018

Updated by: Anne Wells, March 2020

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