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Virginia Traditions: Non-Blues Secular Black Music

Various Artists
Virginia Traditions: Non-Blues Secular Black Music

Few states in this country can boast of more diverse folkways than Virginia. Many of the material objects—such as barns, tools, and furniture—reflect the traditions that shaped the lives of its earliest settlers and the generations of Virginians who followed. The Commonwealth’s performance traditions of songs, tunes, and tales also tell of a shared heritage involving all classes of people in every facet of life. Because traditions naturally change over time, the documentation of Virginia folk culture is an ongoing process essential to our understanding of the past, present, and future. By recording the folkways of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College and its BRI Record label strive to foster a greater appreciation of our folk roots through an array of interpretive programs.

Track Listing

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I Wish to the Lord I'd Never Been Born Leonard Bowles and Irvin Cook 3:13
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102
I Used to Work on the Tractor Jimmie Strothers 1:26
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103
Come, Let's March Daniel Womack 3:41
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104
Casey Jones Isaac Curry 2:01
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105
Cripple Creek Uncle Homer Walker 2:01
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106
Reno Factory Marvin Foddrell 2:13
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107
Buckdance Sanford L. Collins 1:00
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108
Bile Them Cabbage Down Lewis Hairston 2:45
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109
John Henry John Cephas 5:30
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110
Fox Chase James Applewhite 1:06
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201
Railroad Bill Turner Foddrell 3:25
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202
Hop Along Lou John Lawson Tyree 1:13
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203
The Cuckoo Bird John Calloway 1:44
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204
Poor Farmers Lemuel Jones 1:13
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205
Tennessee Dog Jimmie Strothers 1:56
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206
Poor Black Annie Clayton Horsley 1:47
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207
Eve Clarence Waddy 3:19
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208
Old Blue Irvin Cook 1:31
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209
Medley of Country Dance Tunes John Jackson 6:07
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210
Cotton-Eyed Joe Lewis Hairston 1:24

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