The traditional folk music of rural West Virginia is not well represented in halls of fame or by platinum record sales. West Virginia does not boast a Nashville, Bristol or Atlanta or the early commercial recording successes of these epicenters of commercial southern music. Nor has it been at the forefront of the more recent old-time music revival. The influence of West Virginia’s traditional folk music has spread more subversively. It has continued to be transmitted orally and preserved locally through legendary families like the Carpenters, the Hammons, the Georges, the Kessingers and the Wines. The music has also been recorded by a growing number of unusually dedicated and passionate folklorists and ethnomusicologists such as Alan Jabbour, Gerald (Gerry) Milnes, Ray Alden, Ken Sullivan and Carl Fleischhauer. This pathfinder is intended as a resource for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of West Virginia’s traditional folk music by becoming familiar with the music and musicians of published field recordings and the field workers who made them.
Milnes, Gerald. “Introduction.” Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1999: 1-4. Print. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3551 .M55 1999
Abramson, Rudy and Jean Haskell, eds. “West Virginia Public Folklore” and “Augusta Heritage Center.” Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 2006: 906-909 and 1473. ASU APP COLL STACK F106.E53 2006
Comstock, Jim, ed. “Folklore.” West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia Supplemental Series vol 10-11. Richwood, WVA: Comstock, 1974: 136-143. ASU APP COLL STACK ML102.C7 C28 1995
Malone, Bill C., ed. “Protest Music.” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, vol. 12: Music. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006: 101. ASU APP COLL STACK F209.N47 2006
Cuthbert, John A. West Virginia Folk Music: A Descriptive Guide to Field Recordings in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 1982. Print. ASU APP COLL STACK ML156.4.F5 W47 1982
Meade, Guthrie T., Dick Spottswood, and Douglas S. Meade. Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of commercially Recorded Traditional Music. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. ASU APP COLL STACK ML156.4 .F5 M43
Milnes, Gerald. “Discography.” Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1999: 194-195. Print. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3551 .M55 1999
Milnes, Gerald. “Field Recordings by Author, Augusta Collection.” Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1999: 191-193. Print. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3551 .M55 1999
Milnes, Gerald. “Bibliography.” Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1999: 183-191. Print. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3551 .M55 1999
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Pertinent Subject Heading: Field Recordings--West Virginia
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Carpenter, Ernie, Michael Kline, and Gerald Milnes. Old-time Fiddle Tunes from the Elk River Country. Elkins, WV: Augusta Heritage Records, 2001. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK CDisc #880
Diller, Dwight. Fabulous Festival Favorites: Field Recordings. Hillsboro, WV: Yew Pine Mountain Music, 2002. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK CDisc #883
Douglas, Wilson, and Gruder Morris. Hot from the Kitchen: A Collection of 1973 Field Recordings. Spencer, WV: Roane Records, 1990. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK CDisc #117
Fleischhauer, Carl, Alan Jabbour, and Family Hammons. The Hammons Family: A Study of a West Virginia Family's Traditions. Washington: Library of Congress, Recording Laboratory, 1973. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3545 .A317 Rec. #99
Fleischhauer, Carl, Alan Jabbour, Maggie H. Parker, Burl Hammons, Sherman Hammons, Lee Hammons, and Mose Coffman. Shaking Down the Acorns: Traditional Music and Stories from Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties, West Virginia. Somerville, MA: Rounder Records, 1973. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3545 .A317 Rec. #138
Hammons, Burl, and Dwight Diller. The Fiddling of Burl Hammons. Diller collection, 1. Elkins, WV: Augusta Heritage Center, 1995. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK Tape #678
Jabbour, Alan, Carl Fleischhauer, Dwight Diller, Burl Hammons, Sherman Hammons, Maggie H. Parker, Lee Hammons, and Mose Coffman. The Hammons Family. Cambridge, Mass: Rounder Records, 1998. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK CDisc #1069
Milnes, Gerald, and Robert Campbell. Fiddles, Snakes, and Dog Days. Elkins, W.V: Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, 1997. Videocassette. ASU APP COLL STACK VC #191
Vo Mine Bärge. Elkins, W.Va: Augusta Heritage Recordings, 1998. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK Tape #974
Wine, Melvin. Cold Frosty Morning: Traditional Fiddle Tunes from Braxton County, West Virginia,1976. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3545 .A317 Rec. #532
Work & Pray: Historic Negro Spirituals and Work Songs from West Virginia. WVU Press sound archive, 4. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2003. Sound recording. ASU APP COLL STACK CDisc #910
George, W. Franklin
Hammond, Lorraine Lee
Johnson, Arthur D
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Kramer, Denice Burky
Parker, Maggie Hammons
Phillips, Alice Burky
Tucker, Stephen B.
White, Frank "Doc"
Wilkinson, Myrtle B.
Compiler: Jesse Buckwalter, 3 November 2010