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Ware Brothers Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Ware Brothers CollectionAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Ware, William Chester.

Other Creators: Ware, Don.

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Subjects: Gospel music -- Kentucky., Gospel music., Guitar., Shape-note singing, Shape-note singing -- Kentucky.

Languages: English

Abstract

William Chester (1920-2012), known as “Chet,” and Donald (1921-    ), or “Don,” Ware were born in Argyle, Casey County, Kentucky.  They grew up in an atmosphere of country gospel music and singing and were taught to sing and play guitar by their father Virgil Ware who was a shape-note gospel singer and teacher.  The two brothers performed together since the late 1920s and, after hearing Delmore Brothers for the first time in 1933, began covering Delmore Brothers songs.

The duo’s career of pickin’ and singin’ started by singing at parties, medicine shows, and amateur contests.  Their first radio appearance was on WLAP, Lexington, KY; however, they became affiliated with the “Asbury Hour” on WNOP, Newport, KY.  After taking a break during WWI, the brothers began playing again in the Cincinnati area and released a 78 single that received nation-wide radio play.  After Don moved to California in 1957, the brothers only played music with each other at vacation time.  In 1984 Don moved back to Kentucky and the Ware Brothers began playing bluegrass and traditional music festivals on a regular basis.  In 1986 they won first prize at the Renfro Valley Mountain Music Festival and in 1992 they recorded a full length album titled Silver Threads Among the Gold and Blues.

The Ware Brothers would become the oldest singing brother duet in the country and played for two years at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. For many years, they played at the Appalachian Museum’s Fall Homecoming and at several area shows and festivals each year, including Berea College’s Celebration of Traditional Music.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains a 1992 interview of Chet and Don Ware conducted by Loyal Jones and Stephen Green, a transcript of the interview, and copies of some of the Ware Brothers commercial recordings (including a 78 rpm phonographic record).

Subject/Index Terms

Gospel music -- Kentucky.
Gospel music.
Guitar.
Shape-note singing
Shape-note singing -- Kentucky.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.  A selection of the recordings may be found online.

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

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], The Ware Brothers Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was arranged by Harry Rice, Sound Archives.  The finding aid was updated in September 2015.

Other Note: BCA 0153 SAA 157


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Box 1: Recordings, Select Transcripts and Print MaterialAdd to your cart.
Item 1: AC-VT-116-001Add to your cart.
Ware Brothers (Chet & Don):  INTERVIEW by Loyal Jones (and Stephen Green), November 5, 19 92 in Loyal Jones' office at Berea College.  The Ware Brothers have sung and played together since the late 1920s, performing mostly gospel music in KY and OH.  Their musical style is modeled on the famous Delmore Brothers.
Item 2: AC-CT-282-001Add to your cart.
Ware Brothers, w/ Kenny Baker & Josh Graves "Silver Threads Among the Gold and Blues"
Item 3: AC-CT-336-001Add to your cart.
Ware Brothers (Chet & Don) INTERVIEW by Loyal Jones (and Stephen Green), November 5, 1992 in Loyal Jones' office at Berea College.  The Ware Brothers have sung and played together since the late 1920s, performing mostly gospel music in KY and OH.  Their musical style is modeled on the famous Delmore Brothers.
Item 4: AC-CT-336-002Add to your cart.
Ware Brothers (Chet & Don) INTERVIEW by Loyal Jones (and Stephen Green), November 5, 1992 in Loyal Jones' office at Berea College.  The Ware Brothers have sung and played together since the late 1920s, performing mostly gospel music in KY and OH.  Their musical style is modeled on the famous Delmore Brothers.
Item 5: AC-CT-336-003Add to your cart.
Ware Brothers (Chet & Don):  dub of 78 rpm disc recorded in Cincinnati in 1950s1 C-60 audiocassette containing dub of a single 78rpm disc made by Chet and Don Ware at the King Record Company in Cincinnati in the 1950s.  Two songs (vocal with string band accompaniment):  "Let the Song Waves Roll" and "There's a Name Written Down (in the Book of Life)."
Item 6: AC-VT-116-001Add to your cart.
Viewing Copy in Video DVD Format.  Ware Brothers (Chet & Don):  INTERVIEW by Loyal Jones (and Stephen Green), November 5, 19 92 in Loyal Jones' office at Berea College.  The Ware Brothers have sung and played together since the late 1920s, performing mostly gospel music in KY and OH.  Their musical style is modeled on the famous Delmore Brothers.
Item 7: AC-CT-336-001Add to your cart.
CD Listening Copy. Ware Brothers (Chet & Don) INTERVIEW by Loyal Jones (and Stephen Green), November 5, 1992 in Loyal Jones' office at Berea College.  The Ware Brothers have sung and played together since the late 1920s, performing mostly gospel music in KY and OH.  Their musical style is modeled on the famous Delmore Brothers.
Item 8: AC-CT-336-002Add to your cart.
CD Listening Copy. Ware Brothers (Chet & Don) INTERVIEW by Loyal Jones (and Stephen Green), November 5, 1992 in Loyal Jones' office at Berea College.  The Ware Brothers have sung and played together since the late 1920s, performing mostly gospel music in KY and OH.  Their musical style is modeled on the famous Delmore Brothers.
Item 9: SC-CD-171-001Add to your cart.
Ware Brothers, w/ Kenny Baker & Josh Graves "Silver Threads Among the Gold and Blues"
Item 10: SC-CD-171-002Add to your cart.
Chet and Don - The Ware Brothers - Prime Cuts of Bluegrass Volume 19 (Copy of Commercial Recording)
Item 11: SC-CD-171-003Add to your cart.
Chet and Don - The Ware Brothers - Prime Cuts of Bluegrass Volume 20 (Copy of Commercial Recording)
Item 12: SC-VD-339-001Add to your cart.
Chet and Don - The Ware Brothers (Copy of Commercial Video Recording)
Item 13: SC-P-3Add to your cart.
Ware Records.  78 rpm phonograph record:  Side A: There's a Name Written Down (In the Book of Life) (Chester-Ware) Ware Brothers 101, Vocal with String Band, 2:47; Side B:  Let the Song Waves Roll (Virgil Ware) Ware Brothers 101, Vocal with String Band, 2:25
Folder 1: Ware Brothers BiographicalAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Ware Brothers Article by Loyal JonesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ware Brothers Audio- VideoAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Copies of photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Transcript for Interview AC-CT-336-001, Chet and Don WareAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Transcript for Interview AC-CT-336-002, Chet and Don WareAdd to your cart.


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