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An update on the Library of Congress field recordings/Stephen Wade’s banjo concert

November 14, 2012


Hour Two

Our guest, musician and writer, STEPHEN WADE, follows up on musicians and singers from the iconic Library of Congress field recordings from Southern Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains in his new book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us.” He interviewed their family members, neighbors and fellow musicians about the coal miner, schoolgirl, prisoner and itinerant fiddler, known to some of us through folklorist Alan Lomax’s recordings. Wade, a banjo player, also has released his own recordings, “Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition.” We’ll listen back to some of these old archive recordings, listen to some of  the folklorist’s new CD, and have him pick a tune or two in the studio with us.


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