FRC 112 - The Shelor​-​Blackard Family: Recordings from the collections of Ray Alden and Dave Spilkia

by The Shelor-Blackard Family

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about

In 1918 Cecil Sharp found Joe Blackard a rich source as he collected songs for his book English Folksongs from the Southern Mountains. Joe Blackard’s daughter Clarice learned to play piano by listening to her father play banjo and, after her marriage to fiddler Jesse Shelor, they formed a family band. In 1927, along with Jesse’s brother Pyrhus, the band traveled to Bristol, Tennessee to record four songs for the famous session that has been described as the “big bang of country music.” In the summer of 1975, Dave Spilkia and I rented a house in Meadows of Dan, Virginia to spend time with this marvelous family. On Sundays, Jesse and Clarice’s children Joe, Paul, Jimmy along with nephew Bill and granddaughter Susan would come for a visit and tunes would result. For more information about this abundantly musical family, read my essay about them at www.fieldrecorder.com – Ray Alden

credits

released November 12, 2015

Clarice Blackard Shelor (piano tracks 1-5, 7-8, 11-16, 18, 20, 22-25, 27-41, 44 vocals 11, 16, 19, 24, 29, 38, 42, 45), Bill Shelor (fiddle tracks 1,3, 5-9, 15, 21-23, 28, 31,35-36, 44, bass vocals 10, 19, 45 ), Jesse Shelor (fiddle tracks 2, 4, 12, 14, 25, 33-34, 45), Joe Blackard (banjo and vocal 2, 4, 12, 25), Pyrhus Shelor (Fiddle tracks 2, 4, 12, 25) Joe Shelor (guitar 1, 3, 5-9, 15, 21-23, 28, 30, 31,35, 36, 41,44 vocal 10, 19, 46 ), Dave Spilkia (fiddle track 30), Susan Shelor (piano 43, 45) Harry C. Brown and the Harmonizers (track 17, Columbia A-3622, November 1920).

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