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Buell Kazee Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Buell Kazee Collection, 1946-1979Add to your cart.

Extent: 1.6 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged as follows:

Series 1: Printed Matter

Series 2: Recordings

Subjects: Ballads, English -- Kentucky., Banjo music -- Kentucky., Banjo music., Baptists -- Kentucky -- History., Baptists -- Kentucky., Folk music -- Kentucky., Kazee, Buell H., Preaching.

Languages: English

Abstract

Kazee was born August 29, 1900 in the quite rural Burton Fork area of Magoffin County, Kentucky. Baptist Christianity, home made music, and classical commercial recordings were important influences in Kazee’s upbringing. He was singing and playing banjo by age 5 and was ordained to preach at age 17.

After finishing high school at Magoffin Baptist Institute, he went on to Georgetown College to major in English, Greek, and Latin, and study voice. There he came to a stronger appreciation of his native culture - songs, tales, words, and expressions - as it became clear via literature classes how closely it was related to the life and language he was studying.

After college, Kazee's distinctive banjo style led to a contract with the Brunswick Recording Company. Payment for the 52 sides issued between 1927 and 1929 helped to settle college debts, but any hopes of a recording career were dashed by the Great Depression. Although he continued his folk music involvement he viewed it as mostly a hobby in contrast to his commitment to pastoral ministry which led to his serving Baptist churches in central and eastern Kentucky until his retirement in 1969.

Despite his short lived commercial recording activity, folk music historians hold Kazee to be nonetheless important as a conduit for the passing on of eastern Kentucky traditional banjo styles, ballads, and songs. The folk revival of the 1960s led to his discovery by another generation via festival performances at Newport, the Smithsonian, and the University of Chicago. Later recordings include LPs issued by Folkways in 1958 and June Appal in 1978.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are correspondence, publications, interviews, photographs, and sound recordings that document the career, repertoire, musical talents, religious views, and preaching style of Buell Hilton Kazee (1900-1976), Kentucky folksinger, banjo player, and Southern Baptist minister.

Subject/Index Terms

Ballads, English -- Kentucky.
Banjo music -- Kentucky.
Banjo music.
Baptists -- Kentucky -- History.
Baptists -- Kentucky.
Folk music -- Kentucky.
Kazee, Buell H.
Preaching.

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.

Use Restrictions: There are no known restrictions other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite information.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification/Box], Buell Kazee Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection was processed by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.  The finding aid was updated in December of 2015 to include listening/reference copies of recordings. Links to recordings added 2018.

Other Note: BCA 0054 SAA 054


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[Series 1: Printed Matter],
[Series 2: Recordings],
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Series 1: Printed MatterAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical Articles 1958-1978, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Publications - The Church and the OrdinancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Publications - Faith is the Victory: The Secret of Dynamic LivingAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Publications - Mused . . . Uncle MoseAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Publications - The Wagoner's Lad: A Folk OperettaAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Publications - The White Pilgrim: A Folk-CantataAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Memorial Tribute Album Production MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Interview Notes: 7-10-74, 3-20-75 (Tapes AC-OR-004-017 and AC-CT-054-018)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Interview Transcript - Philip Kazee 12-1-92 (Tapes AC-CT-340-001 / 002 / 003)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Discography of Buell Kazee RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Reel-to-Reel Tape Content ListsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Cassette Tape Content ListsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Series 2: RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-004-001Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 1 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.

Linkto Digital Record

Item 2: AC-OR-004-002Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 2 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.

Linkto digital Record

Item 3: AC-OR-004-003Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 3 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.

Linkto Digital Record

Item 4: AC-OR-004-004Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 4 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.

Linkto Digital Record

Item 5: AC-OR-004-005Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 5 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.

Link to digital record

Item 6: AC-OR-004-006Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 6 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.

Linkto Digital Record

Item 7: AC-OR-004-007Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Performs 5 songs for British disc jockey visiting Renfro Valley 10-19-70.  Also includes dubs of commercial recordings by various early country music performers.  Copy of tape compiled by Wilson Reeves.

Link to Part A of the digital record

Link to Part B of the digital record

Item 8: AC-OR-004-008Add to your cart.
Anthology of 34 Buell Kazee's commercial recordings - late 1920s - compiled and narrated Henry Ford Preston, Kazee's nephew. Not digitized - see audio cassette listening copy in Box 4.
Item 9: AC-OR-004-009Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Lecture / concert, Berea College class 1-6-76

link to digital record

Item 10: AC-OR-004-010Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Lecture / concert, Berea College class 9-21-72 (Also son, Philip)  Same performance on AC-VT-047-001 / AC-VR-016-001

link to digital record

Item 11: AC-OR-004-011Add to your cart.
Anthology of 37 Buell Kazee commercial recordings - late 1920s - compiled by record collector, Joe Bussard, Jr.  Not digitized - see audio cassette listening copy in Box 4. Contents are duplicated on at least two other reels: LR-OR-45a-02 and AC-OR-004-023.
Item 12: AC-OR-004-012Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - [Home disc recordings ?] 3-6 and 12-17 1948

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 13: AC-OR-004-013Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Sings and plays banjo at informal concert at a church in Newark, Ohio (Nephew, Lewis Kazee plays guitar)

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digial Record Part B

Item 14: AC-OR-004-014Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW playing and singing recorded by John Cohen (n.d.) - Includes detailed discussion of banjo tunings for each song.  Copy of John Cohen's original recording.  John Cohen retains copyright to recording contents.  1 of 2

Link to Digital Record

Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: AC-OR-004-015Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - "AppalShop copy of Mark Wilson tape." Not digitized - see audio cassette listening copy in Box 4. Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.
Item 2: AC-OR-004-016Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - (two songs only) from KET's 1970, "The Hills Resound." Not digitized - see audio cassette listening copy in Box 4.
Item 3: AC-OR-004-017Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones 3-20-75 at Winchester, KY. Includes discussion of life, career, music, and religion. A portion of this interview  published in a 1975 issue of the journal, Katallagete  (Note Cards in SAA 54 Box 1)

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 4: AC-OR-004-018Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones 5-13-75 at Winchester, KY. Includes discussion of banjo playing style and tuning techniques.

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 5: AC-OR-004-019Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW playing and singing recorded by John Cohen (n.d.) - Includes detailed discussion of banjo tunings for each song.  Copy of John Cohen's original recording. John Cohen retains copyright to recording contents.  2 of 2  Tape in SAA 54 Box 3

Link to Digital Record

Item 6: AC-OR-004-020Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW - singing and playing recorded by Charles Faurot  9-3-58 at Lexington, KY.  Copy of tape provided by Mark Wilson. Copyright status for this recording is not clear. Tape in SAA 54 Box 3

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 7: AC-OR-004-021Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Sings hymns with piano accompaniment.  Also sermon by Rev. C.D. Stevens, Baptist minister who at one time pastored a church in Hazard, KY  1 of 2

Link to Digital Record

Item 8: AC-OR-004-022Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Sings hymns with piano accompaniment.  2 of 2. [Side A same as AC-OR-004-021 in mono, not transferred]

Link to Digital Record

Item 9: AC-OR-004-023Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Dubs of Kazee's 78 rpm records (1927-1929) on the Brunswick and Vocalion labels.  Original source was probably collector, Joe Bussard, who supplied a copy of this reel to Buell Kazee.  Contents are duplicated on at least two other reels in the Sound Archive: LR-OR-45a-02 and AC-OR-004-011.
Item 10: AC-OR-004-024Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Sings secular songs and hymns with piano accompaniment. Recording provided by Rev. Charles E. Cloyd, Mayfield, KY

Link to Digital Record

Item 11: AC-OR-004-025Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - [Compilation from various sources?] Part 1 - Three Hymns. Part 2 - BK singing hymns / sacred songs recorded by nephew, Henry Ford Preston. Part 3 - John Edwards from New South Wales, pays tribute to BK and performs "Hobo's Last Ride", singing and playing banjo. Part 4 - Art Rosenbaum playing fiddle with BK on 4 songs.

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 12: AC-OR-004-026Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - "Mix from Original - Mixed at June Appal to 7.5 ips - 1/2 track mono 2 tracks"  (Label on reel says "side 2")  This recording is related to the production of the June Appal tribute LP, "Buell Kazee" JA 009.  (Mountain Phono 4297)

Link to Digital Record

Item 13: AC-OR-004-027Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Box label says "Buell Kazee #2" / Reel label says "Buell Kazee #2 mix."  Eight tunes are listed, some of which appear on the LP JA 009.  This recording also seems related to the production of the June Appal tribute LP, "Buell Kazee" JA 009.  (Mountain Phono 4297) Not digitized - see audio cassette listening copy in Box 4.
Item 14: AC-OR-004-028Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69.  Portions of this recording are found on AC-OR-004-001 / 002 / 003. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings.
Item 15: AC-OR-004-029Add to your cart.

Buell Kazee - Side A: INTERVIEW and playing recorded by Karen Collins, n.d.  BK plays a few bars of each tune at slow and normal speed and often sings a verse.  Side B: BK playing and singing, accompanied by nephew, Lewis Kazee on guitar and harmonica.

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: AC-CT-054-001Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - The Walk in the Spirit. CD listening copy in Box 5.

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 2: AC-CT-054-002Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Be Ye Reconciled to God

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 3: AC-CT-054-003Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth. CD listening copy in Box 5.

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 4: AC-CT-054-004Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Why God is an Extremist

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 5: AC-CT-054-005Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - The Goodness of God

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 6: AC-CT-054-006Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - What is Your Life?

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 7: AC-CT-054-007Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Wall of Protection

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 8: AC-CT-054-009Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - The Lost Man's Presumption

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 9: AC-CT-054-010Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Conversion

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 10: AC-CT-054-011Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Chastisement

Link to Digital Reference Part A

Link to Digital Reference Part B

Item 11: AC-CT-054-012Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Seek the Lord

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 12: AC-CT-054-013Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Why Follow Christ

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 13: AC-CT-054-014Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Why We Should be Surrendered to Christ

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 14: AC-CT-054-015Add to your cart.

Kazee, Buell - Sermon - The Spiritual Man

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 15: AC-CT-054-017Add to your cart.
Kazee, Buell - Kazee's Funeral Service 9-3-76 conducted by Rev. Bert Calico
Item 16: AC-CT-054-018Add to your cart.

Transcript Available. Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones, 7-10-74 - Tension / conflict between popular music and religion in the mountains.  (Note Cards in SAA 54 Box 1)

Link to Digital Record Part A

Link to Digital Record Part B

Item 17: AC-CT-340-001Add to your cart.
Transcript Available. Philip Kazee (son of Buell Kazee): INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones and Stephen Green at Oneida, TN, December 1, 1992.  Rev. Kazee also sings songs with banjo accompaniment. Transcript in SAA 54 Box 1
Item 18: AC-CT-340-002Add to your cart.
Transcript Available. Philip Kazee (son of Buell Kazee): INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones and Stephen Green at Oneida, TN, December 1, 1992.  Kazee also sings songs with banjo accompaniment.  Transcript in SAA 54 Box 1
Item 19: AC-CT-340-003Add to your cart.
Transcript Available. Philip Kazee (son of Buell Kazee): INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones and Stephen Green at Oneida, TN, December 1, 1992.  Kazee also sings songs with banjo accompaniment.  Transcript in SAA 54 Box 1
Box 5Add to your cart.
Listening/Reference Copies
Item 1: AC-VT-127-002Add to your cart.
Rev. Philip Kazee, Oneida TN: Interview.  Singing, banjo playing, recorded by Stephen Green 12-1-1992 (1 of 2)  Video Reference Copy- DVD
Item 2: AC-VT-127-003Add to your cart.
Rev. Philip Kazee, Oneida TN: Interview.  Singing, banjo playing, recorded by Stephen Green 12-1-1992 (2 of 2) Video Reference Copy - DVD
Item 3: AC-CT-054-001Add to your cart.
Kazee, Buell - Sermon - The Walk in the Spirit  - CD Reference Copy
Item 4: AC-CT-054-003Add to your cart.
Kazee, Buell - Sermon - Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth - CD Reference Copy
Item 5: AC-OR-004-001Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 1 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings. CD Reference Copy
Item 6: AC-OR-004-002Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 2 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings. CD Reference Copy
Item 7: AC-OR-004-003Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 3 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings. CD Reference Copy
Item 8: AC-OR-004-004Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 4 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings. CD Reference Copy
Item 9: AC-OR-004-005Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 5 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings. CD Reference Copy
Item 10: AC-OR-004-006Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Seattle, WA Concert 6-21-69, 6 of 6. Copy of Mark Wilson's original recording.  Mark Wilson retains copyright to the contents of the recordings. CD Reference Copy
Item 11: AC-OR-004-007Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Performs 5 songs for British disc jockey visiting Renfro Valley 10-19-70.  Also includes dubs of commercial recordings by various early country music performers.  Copy of tape compiled by Wilson Reeves. CD Reference Copy
Item 12: AC-OR-004-009Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Lecture / concert, Berea College class 1-6-76. CD Reference Copy
Item 13: AC-OR-004-010Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Lecture / concert, Berea College class 9-21-72 (Also son, Philip)  Same performance on AC-VT-047-001 / AC-VR-016-001. CD Reference Copy
Item 14: AC-OR-004-017Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones 3-20-75 at Winchester, KY. Includes discussion of life, career, music, and religion. A portion of this interview  published in a 1975 issue of the journal, Katallagete  (Note Cards in SAA 54 Box 1)  CD Reference Copy
Item 15: AC-OR-004-018Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW recorded by Loyal Jones 5-13-75 at Winchester, KY. Includes discussion of banjo playing style and tuning techniques. CD Reference Copy
Item 16: AC-OR-004-014/019Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - INTERVIEW playing and singing recorded by John Cohen (n.d.) - Includes detailed discussion of banjo tunings for each song.  Copy of John Cohen's original recording. John Cohen retains copyright to recording contents.  CD Reference Copy
Item 17: AC-OR-004-029Add to your cart.
Buell Kazee - Side A: INTERVIEW and playing recorded by Karen Collins, n.d.  BK plays a few bars of each tune at slow and normal speed and often sings a verse.  Side B: BK playing and singing, accompanied by nephew, Lewis Kazee on guitar and harmonica. CD Reference Copy

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