The Resource Oral history interview, Cletus McCoy ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Cletus McCoy ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview
Title
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Cletus McCoy ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Interviewer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Shenandoah National Park oral history collection, SdArch SNP, (SC# 4030), consists of 135 interviews of people who were living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia prior to the creation of the Shenandoah National Park. Most of the interviewees resided on land that was claimed by eminent domain by the commonwealth of Virginia and subsequently turned over to the US government in the 1930s. For a description of the entire collection see the Finding Aid
  • Records a number of bluegrass and gospel tunes played during an impromptu session of "mountain music" at the McCoy Store, in Stanley, Virginia. Cletus McCoy's store was renown in Page County for hosting weekly pick-up concerts where local musicians would gather to play for the public and pass the hat for donations
  • Fifty-six tracks were recorded by Dorothy Noble Smith on a portable cassette tape recorder. Smith and others offer brief comments before some songs, but the titles of many others remain unknown. Includes a photocopy of a newspaper interview with Cletus McCoy written by Smith, however, the date and name of the newspaper are not known
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded on March 9, 1980
Form of composition
unknown
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Performed by Jim Anderson, banjo ; Bob Anderson, guitar and vocals ; Molly Price, mandolin ; Nelson Ray, Dobro and guitar ; Bobby Beahm, base ; Wesley Gray, fiddle ; Cletus McCoy, fiddle ; John Richard, guitar ; Bob Lucas, banjo
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
SNP-88.
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Oral history interview, Cletus McCoy ; interviewed by Dorothy Noble Smith, (sound recording)
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Publication
Note
There is no written transcript for this interview
Accompanying material
1 leaf (facsimile)
Contents
Partial contents list: Flop-eared mule -- Foggy mountain breakdown -- I'll be all smiles tonight -- When you and I were young, Maggie -- My aching heart -- Lamp-lighting time in the Valley -- Leather britches -- Buffalo girl (aka Two-step gal) -- Dear Old Dixie -- Life is like a mountain railroad -- Crazy blues -- Just because -- Golden slippers -- Ragtime Annie -- Down yonder -- Turkey in the straw -- Two dollar bill -- Farewell blues -- Bluebirds singing in the Blue Ridge Mountains -- What a friend we have in Jesus -- Liberty
Control code
457042930
Extent
1 audio file (running time: 1:55:29)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Other physical details
digital ; +
Publisher number
SNP088
Terms governing use
Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of James Madison University's Libraries & Educational Technologies' Special Collections (540) 568-3612, library-special@jmu.edu.

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