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William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Marion Pridemore Home Recordings

Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings

Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings

John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings

Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs

Original DV Cassette Recordings



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William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, 1950-2008 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, 1950-2008Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Sears, William.

Extent: 7.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement:

The collection has been arranged into the following six series:

Series 1: Marion Pridemore Home Recordings

Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings

Series 3: Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings

Series 4: John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings

Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs

Series 6: Original DV Cassette Recordings

Subjects: Banjo music -- Kentucky., Country music -- Tennessee., Country Music Express (Radio program)., Country musicians -- Kentucky., Country musicians -- Tennessee., Fiddle tunes -- Kentucky., Folk songs, English -- Kentucky., Hymns, English., Radio programs -- Kentucky., Radio programs -- Tennessee., WBNT (Radio Station: Oneida, Tenn.)., WEZJ (Radio Station: Williamsburg, Ky.)., Whitley County (Ky.) -- History.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of (1) video and audio home recordings, (2) radio programs 1950s - 1970s, and (3) video field recordings, 2008, documenting a wide range of singers and instrumentalist from Whitley, Knox, and McCreary counties, Kentucky and just over the border in Tennessee. Especially notable are performances by fiddlers Claude Harmon and Marion Pridemore, and numerous other local musicians on the Country Music Express radio programs.

The 2008 video recordings document two finger banjoist Junior McKeehan, fiddlers J.L. Burke and Ulysses Grant "Dick" Taylor, and singers Margarette Bowlin and Jessie Martin.

Also included in the collection are a small number of print materials, photographs, and written accounts that help document Gospel Quartet activity and local musicians heard on WCTT and other community stations.

Read William Sears' Essay Describing His Collecting Project

Follow links in each Series list to listen to the performance recordings.

Subject/Index Terms

Banjo music -- Kentucky.
Country music -- Tennessee.
Country Music Express (Radio program).
Country musicians -- Kentucky.
Country musicians -- Tennessee.
Fiddle tunes -- Kentucky.
Folk songs, English -- Kentucky.
Hymns, English.
Radio programs -- Kentucky.
Radio programs -- Tennessee.
WBNT (Radio Station: Oneida, Tenn.).
WEZJ (Radio Station: Williamsburg, Ky.).
Whitley County (Ky.) -- History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions:

Follow links in the recordings list to hear performances and interviews and read play lists and transcripts. The collection can be accessed directly through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Read William Sears' Essay Describing His Collecting Project

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], William Sears Home and Field Recordings Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.  The finding aid was created by Harry Rice and Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, in July 2015.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0130 SAA 130


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Marion Pridemore Home Recordings],
[Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings],
[Series 3: Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings],
[Series 4: John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings],
[Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs],
[Series 6: Original DV Cassette Recordings],
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Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: SC-VT-749-001Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians / singers perform in this 1995 VHS documentary portraying the the weekly music gatherings at Bailey's Country Store in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Musicians include Claude Harmon, Monroe Queener, James Jones, and Margarette Bowlin. Commentary by Joe Bailey, R.C. Blackwell, Aleen Davis, and Tony Walker. Produced by students in the Communications Arts Program at the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY. Donated by Keith Semmel, Department of Communication Arts.

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Item 2: SC-DV-091-001Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians home video recording 5-30-87 at the home of Caleb Powers: Marion Pridemore, Caleb Powers, Harold Troutman, Melia Powers, Harry Lawson, Junior McKeehan, Margaret, Xerxes, and Virgil Bowlin. (Copied to DVD from original VHS by Will  Sears)  (VHS Version In Box 1)   

Listen To Audio Only Part 1      Listen To Audio Only Part 2          Read Play List

Item 3: SC-DV-091-002Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians home video recording [1988] at the home of Harry Lawson: Marion Pridemore, Claude Harmon, Caleb Powers, Harold Ward, Melia Powers, Harry Lawson, Margaret, Xerxes, and Virgil Bowlin. (Copied to DVD from original VHS by Will  Sears)  (VHS Version In Box 1)     

Listen To Audio only Part 1    Listen To Audio Only Part 2      Read Play List

Item 4: SC-DV-091-003Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians home video recording [1980s]: Clyde Terrill,Mary Lee Smith, Ray Hill, Mary Lee &  Carl Brock, Flat Creek Girls, Tommy Rose & Sacred Bluegrass, Tim Siler, Harry Lawson. (Copied to DVD from original VHS by Will  Sears)

Listen To Audio Only Part 1        Listen To Audio Only Part 2        Read Play List

Item 5: SC-DV-091-004Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians home video recording [1988] at the home of Harry Lawson: Marion Pridemore,  Caleb Powers, Melia Powers, Harry Lawson, David, Margaret, Xerxes, and Virgil Bowlin, Jimmy Siler, Jaola Siler, Sylvia Chambers. (Copied to DVD from original VHS by Will  Sears)  (VHS Version In Box 1)     

Listen To Audio Only Part 1        Listen To Audio Only Part 2        Read Play List

Item 6: SC-DV-091-006Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians home video recording 4-18-87: Marion Pridemore, Claude & Robert Harmon, Harold Ward, Harry Lawson, Margaret & Xerxes Bowlin. ((Copied to DVD from original VHS by Will  Sears)      (VHS Version In Box 1)     

Listen To Audio Only Part 1      Listen To Audio Only Part 2            Read Play List

Item 7: SC-DV-091-007Add to your cart.

Whitley County, Kentucky musicians home video recording 11-28-87: Marion Pridemore, Caleb & Melia Powers, Harry Lawson,  Hoover Killion, Ovie ___, Thelma ____. (Copied to DVD from original VHS by Will  Sears)      (VHS Version In Box 1)     

Listen To Audio Only Part 1          Listen To Audio Only Part 2            Read Play List

Item 8: SC-DV-091-008Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by J.L. Burke recorded by Will Sears 1-5-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  1 of 4   

Listen To Audio Only              Read Play List

Item 9: SC-DV-091-009Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by J.L. Burke recorded by Will Sears 1-5-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  2 of 4 

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Item 10: SC-DV-091-010Add to your cart.

Interview, singing / playing dulcimer and guitar by Margarette Bowlin recorded by Will Sears 1-3-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  1 of 5 

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Item 11: SC-DV-091-011Add to your cart.

Interview, singing / playing dulcimer and guitar by Margarette Bowlin recorded by Will Sears 1-3-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  2 of 5 

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Item 12: SC-DV-091-012Add to your cart.

Interview, singing / playing dulcimer and guitar by Margarette Bowlin recorded by Will Sears 1-14-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  3 of 5     

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Item 13: SC-DV-091-013Add to your cart.

Interview, singing / playing dulcimer and guitar by Margarette Bowlin recorded by Will Sears 5-7 and 5-16-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  4 of 5     

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Item 14: SC-DV-091-014Add to your cart.

Interview, singing / playing dulcimer and guitar by Margarette Bowlin recorded by Will Sears 5-7 and 5-16-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  5 of 5   

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 15: SC-DV-091-015Add to your cart.

Interview discussing family music traditions and singing by Jessie Martin recorded by Will Sears 8-15-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears) 1 of 4   

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Item 16: SC-DV-091-017Add to your cart.

Interview discussing family music traditions and singing by Jessie Martin  recorded by Will Sears 8-15-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears) 3 of 4     

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 17: SC-DV-091-018Add to your cart.

Interview discussing family music traditions and singing by Jessie Martin  recorded by Will Sears 8-15-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  4 of 4   

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 18: SC-DV-091-019Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by J.L. Burke recorded by Will Sears 1-5-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  3 of 4   

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 19: SC-DV-091-020Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by J.L. Burke recorded by Will Sears 1-5-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  4 of 4   

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 20: SC-DV-091-021Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by Claude Harmon recorded by Will Sears 1-11-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  1 of 2   

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Item 21: SC-DV-091-022Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by Claude Harmon recorded by Will Sears 1-11-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  2 of 2   

Listen To Interview

Item 22: SC-DV-091-023Add to your cart.

Interview and  tunes played on banjo by Junior McKeehan recorded by Will Sears 1-25-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  1of 2 

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Item 23: SC-DV-091-024Add to your cart.

Interview and  tunes played on banjo by Junior McKeehan recorded by Will Sears 1-25-2008 in Whitley County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  2 of 2 

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Item 24: SC-DV-091-025Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by Dick Taylor recorded by Will Sears 1-10-2008 in McCreary County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears) 1 of 4   

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 25: SC-DV-091-026Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by Dick Taylor recorded by Will Sears 1-10-2008 in McCreary County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  2 of 4 

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 26: SC-DV-091-027Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by Dick Taylor recorded by Will Sears 1-10-2008 in McCreary County, Kentucky. Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  3 of 4 

Listen To Audio Only        Read Play List

Item 27: SC-DV-091-028Add to your cart.

Interview and fiddle tunes played by Dick Taylor recorded by Will Sears 1-10-2008 in McCreary County, Kentucky. (Copied to DVD from original Mini DV by Will  Sears)  4 of 4 

Listen To Interview

Item 28: SC-CT-936-002Add to your cart.

INTERVIEW-Earl Tye about history of Woodbine's Lynn Theater and the Moonbow Minstrels stage show and radio program on WCTT in Corbin, Kentucky.  Recorded by William Sears in Woodbine, Whitley County, Ky (n.d.)     

Listen To  Interview

Item 29: SC-CT-921-002Add to your cart.

INTERVIEW-Homer Lee Jackson regarding the history of the Moonbow Minstrels and Kentucky Hillbillies string bands on Corbin, KY radio station WCTT in the 1940s and 1950s and his work at WBVL in Barbourville in the 1950s and 1960s. Recorded at his home in Barbourville, KY 9-30-2008 by Harry Rice     

Listen To  Interview Part 1      Listen To Interview Part 2      Read Transcript

Item 30: SC-CT-921-001Add to your cart.

INTERVIEW-Dean Huddleston regarding the history of the Moonbow Minstrels and Pap and the Younguns string bands on Corbin, KY radio station WCTT and Williamsburg, KY station WEZJ in the 1940s and 1950s. Recorded at his home near Berea, 7-16-2008 by Harry Rice.       

Listen To  Interview Part 1        Listen To  Interview Part 2      Read Transcript


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Marion Pridemore Home Recordings],
[Series 2: Whitley County, Kentucky Musicians / Singers Performance and Interview Recordings],
[Series 3: Country Music Express Radio Program Recordings],
[Series 4: John V. Walker / Roy and Raymond Perry Home Recordings],
[Series 5: Darlene Carr Home Recordings, Documents and Photographs],
[Series 6: Original DV Cassette Recordings],
[All]


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