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In Search of Lee Hammons "banjo collection" field recordings

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May 3, 2020 - 7:29:44 PM
38 posts since 1/14/2015

I'm searching for someone that might have a copy of the Lee Hammons "banjo collection" of what were essentially field recordings made by Dwight Diller, Brad Leftwich and/or others in the '70's. Can anyone assist?

May 4, 2020 - 5:16:36 AM
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Tweelo

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May 6, 2020 - 3:52:47 PM
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In 1969, Kentucky-born Wayne Howard finished college and moved to West Virginia where he taught high school English from 1970 to 1971. In 1970, Wayne was introduced to Dwight, who introduced Wayne to the Hammonses - and taught Wayne the basics of clawhammer.

Between 1971 and the early 1980s, Wayne visited the homes of the Hammonses, where he recorded them on reel-to-reel tapes. He kept a fastidiously record of the special turns of phrases that characterized the manner in which the Hammonses spoke, Maggie's wisdom about the flora and fauna, and the provenance of the tunes they played and the stories they told. He transcribed a lot of their taped discussions about the way they lived and their views on the life that went on around them. Wayne wrote down the recipes for turning roots and flowers into natural cure-alls. He recorded, and annotated the stories the Hammonses told him.

He developed a large collection of field recordings that became the core of several projects. In 1999 Wayne donated 19 sound tape reels and seven inches of manuscript material (including lists of fiddle tunes by title) to the Library of Congress' American Folklife Collection where they were accessioned as the Gilbert Wayne Howard Collection of Hammons Family Recordings (AFC 1999/023).

lccn.loc.gov/2011655308


In 2010 or 2011 Wayne provided assistance to three recording projects that were an outgrowth of Dwight's Across the YewPines project:

“Lee Hammons: Complete Banjo Recordings,”

“Maggie Hammons Parker: Complete Banjo Recordings, and

"A Sampler from the Hammons Legacy."

Wayne's four-part feature about the Hammons family appeared in the Old Time Herald in 2009 and 2010. In December 2012 he revisited the subject of the Hammons family in an article for Goldenseal, a quarterly publication devoted to West Virginia traditional life, published by state's Department of Arts, Culture, and History.

Wayne's field recordings of Sherman Hammons (FRC701, 2012) and Maggie Hammons (FRC713, 2015) were produced as CDs by the Field Recorders' Collective.

In 2020 he continued to mine his large collection of field recording tapes of Lee Hammons for a Field Recorders Collective project featuring the fiddle and banjo playing of Lee Hammons.

And he is contemplating a FRC project focusing on Burl's fiddle and banjo playing, too.

I just finished a manuscript about Wayne Howard that McFarland of North Carolina will publish, probably by this time next year.

Play hard,

Lew

May 6, 2020 - 7:22:50 PM

38 posts since 1/14/2015

Fantastic input. Thank you. I look forward to the manuscript release. You also mentioned the following: "In 2020 he continued to mine his large collection of field recording tapes of Lee Hammons for a Field Recorders Collective project featuring the fiddle and banjo playing of Lee Hammons." How might the be made available?

Edited by - sesaylor on 05/06/2020 19:23:40

May 6, 2020 - 10:30:03 PM
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3410 posts since 1/2/2004

That CD project is still a work in progress- hopefully we’ll see it completed later this year. check the Field Recorders Collective website.

May 25, 2020 - 1:55:49 PM

1630 posts since 4/10/2005

[[[“Lee Hammons: Complete Banjo Recordings” ]]]

Is this available anywhere?  I'm confused--Is the "Complete Banjo Recordings" item available somehow or somewhere?  Or is it issued but out of print and unavailable?  Or is it recorded but unissued like the "banjo and fiddle" project?
 

Edited by - ceemonster on 05/25/2020 13:58:07

May 26, 2020 - 10:00:37 AM
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I have a CD, titled, "The Hammons Legacy/Field Recordings from Dwight Diller and Wayne Howard" "Lee Hammons, Banjo, Complete Recordings". Hammons Legacy YPC-H-001-1.
I can't remember where it was purchased. Either directly from Dwight's website or from the Augusta Heritage store at Davis and Elkins College.

May 30, 2020 - 11:48:51 AM
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Originally posted by 5Stringtrout

I have a CD, titled, "The Hammons Legacy/Field Recordings from Dwight Diller and Wayne Howard" "Lee Hammons, Banjo, Complete Recordings". Hammons Legacy YPC-H-001-1.
I can't remember where it was purchased. Either directly from Dwight's website or from the Augusta Heritage store at Davis and Elkins College.


Hi 5Stringtrout. I located a copy and there are some wonderful gems on it. Thanks.

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