FRC 408 - Aunt Jenny Wilson: Recordings from the collection of Fred Coon

by Aunt Jenny Wilson

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Aunt Jenny was born in 1901 (some say 1900) and grew up in Logan, West Virginia and remained on Peach Creek most of her life. She was a true “Mountain Woman” in every way possible. Her double thumb style of playing on her old store bought “banjer,” combined with her gravely-throated singing offered all who listened a chance to move into another time and place in history as she shared her extraordinary repertoire of ballads, indigenous West Virginia songs and fiddle tunes on her “banjer.” She was a truly remarkable person, a wonderful musician and my friend. – Fred Coon

In the summer of 1972, several years after Fred recorded Aunt Jenny and after eating a hearty lunch of meat loaf and vegetables at the railroad workers cafeteria in Logan, Dave Spilkia and I spent a colorful afternoon with Aunt Jenny. Some of those recordings are included here. – Ray Alden

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released November 10, 2015

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