The Resource Oral history interview, Cameron C. Nickels ; interviewed by Thomas Hogge, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Cameron C. Nickels ; interviewed by Thomas Hogge, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Cameron C. Nickels ; interviewed by Thomas Hogge
Title variation
Bluegrass music in the Shenandoah Valley, an oral history project
Records Dr. Nickels' reflections about bluegrass and country music in general and his experiences as a bluegrass musician over the years. Describes training, both by others and self-taught, on various instruments including classical and folk, with guitar as his primary instrument. Reminisces about the Hippie Movement and the influence that music had on his life during the late 1960s and early 70s. Recalls learning how to finger pick and experiences teaching at the Mill City School of Folk Music in Minneapolis, St. Paul. Describes his first exposure to bluegrass music. Compares and contrasts Western and Eastern bluegrass (influence of the Grand Ole Opry and Appalachian music), and East Coast bluegrass. Talks about various musicians in the Shenandoah Valley who have influenced him (Ben May and Bugsy Frank, banjo); and various groups he has played with including "Two-Gun Terry and Friends" and "Dominion Express" (Eddy Michael, fiddle; Frank Evans, guitar; and Two-Gun Terry, bass, mandolin, fiddle; Spike Stroop, fiddle; and others). Mentions cutting a recording; types of music they have played and sung, from bluegrass to country to gospel; their playing schedule; and types of places they have played. Discusses the definition of a folk musician and the concept of learning songs through an oral tradition. Mentions favorite bluegrass songs and other professional groups. In general provides a perspective on how performing music has played an important role in his life
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at Dr. Cameron Nickels' office at Keezell Hall, Rm. 409, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va. on November 21, 1991
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 14-1.
Oral history interview, Cameron C. Nickels ; interviewed by Thomas Hogge, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tape available
  • STACK COPY: Transcript only; there is no background paper with this project. Call no.: ML3520.N53 1991
  • Forms part of: Bluegrass music in the Shenandoah Valley, an oral history project. FOR ACCESS TO COMPLETE COLLECTION including interview, see Special Coll. call number SdArch no. 14-1
  • "Interview of Dr. Cameron Nickels, JMU English faculty and Bluegrass musician, by Thomas Hogge, student, done as an oral history project for Anthropology 284, fall semester, 1991."
Accompanying material
1 transcription (15 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in. +
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
1 sound cassette (ca. 50 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
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