AccNoir-2011-11-09, African Americans played Accordion before they played the Blues, with Jared Snyder

Posted on 11 December, 2011 - 17:50 byBruce Triggs

AccNoir-2011-11-09, African Americans played Accordion before they played the Blues, with Jared Snyder

Many thanks to the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College for use of a number of these rare recordings: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/

Some Blue Ridge Institute recordings are happily online at the Digital Library of Appalachia: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/

Playlist:
*Artists – Song – Album (year) and more information

* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (short version, 1:06) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show! More, http://www.andyfielding.com/temp/visigoth.pdf
* Frank Tolliver, Hiawatha Giles – Get Right With God – Digital Library of Appalachia, recorded by Lip Lornell (1981) – Massies Mill, Nelson County, Virginia, USA – Digital Library of Appalachia / http://www.aca-dla.org/
* Lead Belly – John Hardy (b) – African American Accordion (1943) – Mooringsport, Louisiana (in Caddo Parish), USA
The five Lead Belly accordion tunes are: "Corn Bread Rough," "John Hardy" (2 different versions), "Laura," and "Sukey Jump.") They can be found scattered over a few compilations from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways and Mose Asch's recordings available on Document: http://www.folkways.si.edu http://www.document-records.com
* Walter Rhodes – The Crowing Rooster (1927) – Ruleville, Mississippi, USA – http://www.document-records.com
* Blind Jesse Harris – Sun's Gonna Shine in My Backdoor Someday – African American Accordion (1937) – Shuqualak, Mississippi, USA (recorded in Livingston, Alabama) – http://www.document-records.com
*Sidney Babineaux, Rayne One Step… Zydeco Early Years (Various Artists) – http://www.arhoolie.com/
* Clarence Waddy – Eve – Virginia Traditions: Non Blues Secular Black Music (1977) – Northumberland County, Virginia, USA – (recorded at Wicomico Church by Roddy Moore and Kip Lornell. April 6, 1977.) – The Blue Ridge Institute has released some of these recordings over the years: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/
* Lead Belly – Laura – Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (1947) – Mooringsport, Louisiana (in Caddo Parish), USA
* Amédé Ardoin and Dennis McGee – Les Blues De Crowley (1934) – Louisiana, USA – Mama, I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin, 1929 - 1934, www.TompkinsSquare.com
* Frank Tolliver – Death's Cold Hand Be Leaving Me – Digital Library of Appalachia, recorded by Lip Lornell (1981) – Massies Mill, Nelson County, Virginia, USA – Digital Library of Appalachia / http://www.aca-dla.org/

Tonight's cover illustration is: Sister Sadie B. Saddler, in Shaw Mississippi, 1972. From Jared Snyder's article "Squeezebox: Legacy of the Afro-Mississippi Accordionists." Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 17, 1997. (pg 37-57)

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