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Collection Number: 70165

Collection Title: Tommy Edwards Collection, 1930-2021

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Size 12 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3,600 items)
Abstract The collection of North Carolina bluegrass musical artist Tommy Edwards (1945-2021) contains audio recordings, video recordings, photographs, posters, flyers, calendars, clippings from publications, project files, song folios, unpublished and incomplete song lyrics written by hand, set lists for performances, and other papers. Most collection materials are dated between 1960 and 2021, reflecting Edwards's career as a traditional bluegrass musician, songwriter, performer, and recording artist. Formats of recordings made by Edwards include VHS, compact disc, open-reel audio tape, ADAT multitrack tape, and LPs. Formats of unpublished recordings made by others and collected by Edwards include instantaneous acetate discs and a 16-inch radio transcription disc. Of note in the printed materials is a rare song folio from the 1930s that Edwards collected. The folio highlights bluegrass and early country music artists including Wade Mainer, Zeke Mainer, and the Delmore Brothers, who played live on the Raleigh, N.C., radio station with the call letters WPTF. Photographs and other printed materials, including posters and flyers, document performances of the Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience at music venues in Chapel Hill, N.C., especially the Cat's Cradle, in the 1970s. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Edwards, Tommy, 1945-2021
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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No usage restrictions.
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 Tommy Edwards Collection #70165, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Cindy Edwards in September 2023 (20230919.1).
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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Processed by: Rebecca Stubbs, January 2024

Encoded by: Laura Smith, January 2024

Updated by: Luke Cimarusti and Laura Smith, January 2024

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Tommy Edwards (1945-2021) was a white musical artist, songwriter, music collector, and a public school teacher in Chatham County, N.C. He fronted the Chapel Hill, N.C., musical group, Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience, from 1971 until 2021. He also owned and operated Tommy Edwards Antiques, Art & Music in Pittsboro, N.C.

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The collection of North Carolina bluegrass musical artist Tommy Edwards (1945-2021) contains audio recordings, video recordings, photographs, posters, flyers, calendars, clippings from publications, project files, song folios, unpublished and incomplete song lyrics written by hand, set lists for performances, and other papers. Most collection materials are dated between 1960 and 2021, reflecting Edwards's career as a traditional bluegrass musician, songwriter, performer, and recording artist. Formats of recordings made by Edwards include VHS, compact disc, open-reel audio tape, ADAT multitrack tape, and LPs. Formats of unpublished recordings made by others and collected by Edwards include instantaneous acetate discs and a 16-inch radio transcription disc. Of note in the printed materials is a rare song folio from the 1930s that Edwards collected. The folio highlights bluegrass and early country music artists including Wade Mainer, Zeke Mainer, and the Delmore Brothers, who played live on the Raleigh, N.C., radio station with the call letters WPTF. Photographs and other printed materials, including posters and flyers, document performances of the Tommy Edwards Bluegrass Experience at music venues in Chapel Hill, N.C., especially the Cat's Cradle, in the 1970s. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.

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Contents list

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Box 1

The Bluegrass Experience brochures

Newspapers

Includes articles regarding the Bluegrass Experience.

Newspapers

Includes articles regarding the Bluegrass Experience.

Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Magazines

Includes articles regarding the Bluegrass Experience.

Promotional materials for Good Company

Good Company notes

Good Company notes

Good Company notes

Good Company recording sales

Good Company news releases

Good Company reviews

Mechanical License request

The Christmas Train

Includes notes, financial receipts, correspondence, and lyrics regarding the Christmas album.

The Christmas Train

Includes notes, financial receipts, correspondence, and lyrics regarding the Christmas album.

Good Company documents

Includes financial receipts, correspondence, and draft CD album covers

Heartbroke and Lonesome

Includes financial receipts, correspondence, and notes.

Heartbroke and Lonesome

Includes financial receipts, correspondence, and notes.

Heartbroke and Lonesome

Papers accompanying CDs.

Respect for Tradition

2005 - 2006. Includes financial receipts, correspondence, reviews, and notes.

Additional papers

Includes advertisements, financial documents, and track lists.

Box 2

Respect for Tradition

2005. Includes lyrics, notes, and "artistic and mechanical information".

Respect for Tradition

2005. Includes lyrics, notes, and "artistic and mechanical information".

Old Songs, New Songs

Includes financial receipts, correspondence, and notes.

Miscellaneous papers

Includes correspondence, travel maps, and copyright mechanicals from the Harry Fox Agency.

Ten Songs

2016. Includes notes, lyrics, and correspondence regarding Edwards' Ten Songs CD.

35th Anniversary project

Song lists

Band Jobs

1978 and 2003 calendars.

Tommy Edwards solo project

2003-2004. Includes correspondence, notes, track lists and lyrics.

Christmas songs and album

Includes notes and track lists.

North Carolina songs

Includes notes, financial receipts, correspondence, and lyrics regarding NC songs.

North Carolina songs

Includes notes, financial receipts, correspondence, and lyrics regarding NC songs.

Miscellaneous song lyrics

Completed original songs

Incomplete songs

"Projected mixed use"

Next album

Lists of songs for Edwards' next album.

Contracts

Receipt books

Box 3

Contracts

Also includes correspondence and financial records.

Lyrics & notes

Lyrics & notes

Lyrics & notes

Christmas songs & lyrics

Bluegrass and Old Time Music songbooks

Property of: Leroy Savage

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Life 103.1 WLHC-FM 'Bluegrass Saturday Night'

Radio show playlists

Photograph ephemera

Includes Tommy Edwards' and Carolina Lightnin' flyer and notes.

Image Folder PF-70165/1-2

Photographs

1964 - 2008, 2018. Depicts images of the Bluegrass Experience publicity shots; 25th reunion; Carolina Lightnin'; an interview with 103.1; Sanctuary Farm; Bluegrass Experience wedding; the Millworker show; David Sparrow's party and a Christmas party.

Digital Folder DF-70165/1

Tommy Studio

Digital Folder DF-70165/2

Just Edwards (2)

Digital Folder DF-70165/3

Pic's

Digital Folder DF-70165/4

Photos for Ceedee! Heartbroke + Lonesome

Digital Folder DF-70165/5

Artwork Files

Digital Folder DF-70165/6

Bluegrass Experience Slideshow

Digital Folder DF-70165/7

The Bluegrass Experience 35th Anniversary

Digital Folder DF-70165/8

Tommy Edwards 300 dpi Heartbroke & Lonesome

Digital Folder DF-70165/9

I'm Just Livin' with a Memory - for Prime Cuts #98

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