Archive for February 2009

Frank Hovington: Lonesome Road Blues LP

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Frank Hovingtong Lonesome Road Blues LP Flyright 522 by you.

Here’s an excellent LP by blues guitarist / banjoist / singer Frank Hovington (1919-1982).  Hovington was from Pennsylvania but lived in Delaware.  These recordings were made by Dick Spottswood & Bruce Bastin back in the summer of 1975 at Frank’s home, using a tape recorder on loan from the Library of Congress. It was released by the British Label Flyright Records in 1976.  I’ve really enjoyed listening to this one lately, Hovington is an excellent singer and has a great style, or range of styles on guitar and banjo.  This album was apparently reissued on CD by Rounder Records at some point, but as far as I know is now out of print.  Hovington was originally “discovered” by John Fahey while John was driving around looking for old records.  Mack McCormick brought him to the 1971 Smithsonian Folk Festival, but other than that Frank Hovington did not like to tour or try to play lots of gigs at that point in his life.


F R A N K   H O V I N G T O N; from back cover of Flyright FLYLP 522; photographer: Bengt Olsson

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Interview with Elizabeth Butters

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

On today’s show I speak with Cambridge folk singer Elizabeth Butters.  Elizabeth plays the guitar and dulcimer and is a wonderful singer of ballads and other types of songs, many of them having to do with death!  She was in New York last weekend for a show that we played together out in Bushwick and I caught up with her the next day at her sister’s house to tape this interview.  Elizabeth plays live on the air, talks about her influences and plays some records that she likes.  In the above picture she appears to be visiting some sort of pastoral Lama home.

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