Upon further exploration (and I’ve only scratched the surface) I discovered that Florida Memory does not have the one aforementioned CD available. They have five. And the amazing part? They’re completely gratis. Free. Even to the point of no postage. There are some names that most people will recognize, but there are more that most won’t recognize.
Sprinkled in with Zora Neale Hurston, Doc Watson and Merle Watson, Etta Baker, The Stanley Brothers, Johnny Shines and Bill Monroe, there are names such as Billy Bowlegs III, Progressive Seven Shape Note Singers, the Hickory Bottoms Harmoneers, and Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers. And then there are even more obscure musicians such as Goose Culbreath doing “Granny Will Your Dog Bite.” Now you’re getting into the authentic, real Cracker music.
If you want to stay ignorant and not learn about Florida’s exciting history, but you still want the freebies, go directly to this page. Near the top are links to order or download the latest CD. At the bottom you’ll see links to the other CDs available. Click on them and you’ll be able to order all five.
These CDs are not for sale anywhere, so when you request your own copies of the CDs, tell ‘em Lou sent you, and that you read about it on Blogcritics!
In future articles I’ll be talking more about the individual CDs as well as many other aspects of the Florida Archives. Meanwhile, entertain yourself by checking out the website.
And don’t forget that coming up next week at White Springs, Florida, is the 59th Florida Folk Festival. You’ll have the opportunity to see John Anderson, of Seminole Wind fame, and many other fine groups at “Florida’s Best Cultural Event,” so-named by the Southeast Tourism Society.