Here’s another record in Down Home Radio’s continuing “Awesome Out-of-Print Records” series. This is a collection of field recordings made in Tennessee in the 1970′s by folklorist Bobby Fulcher. Included here are volumes 1 & 2. If anybody has vol. 3, send it along!
These are incredible records, and very hard to find. They were digitized and sent to me by Norm over at www.juneberry78s.com, an awesome website which is well worth checking out. Huge Thanks to Norm!
I first heard brief selections from these records while listening to a podcast of an interview with Bobby Fulcher.
When Bobby played a bit of one of his field recordings of Retta Spradlin, I was completely floored and had to find the record as soon as possible! She sings and plays banjo and is incredible. The whole record is great but she really hit me hard.
Another of my favorite musicians is banjo player Virgil Anderson, also recorded by Bobby Fulcher. Anderson appears on three cuts in this collection. Fulcher released a full LP of Anderson which is really great. I have posted it here: Virgil Anderson – On The Tennessee Line.