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Ed Perl, the founder of the Ash Grove on Melrose in West Los Angeles, the center of the folk revival in L.A., recalls Alan's coming in the club while Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were appearing. He walked straight up to the stage, and after the second number he asked Monroe where he got the song he'd just played. "I was shocked," Perl said. "Nobody ever did that, let alone to God. Bill responded, "Is that you Alan?" and they proceeded to talk about and demonstrate the influence of black music on Bill and bluegrass - from Alan Lomax, The Man Who Recorded the World, by John Szwed

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Harry Oster Field Recordings Collection
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:33:14 PM »
It looks like there are many more recordings to be digitized and released:

https://arhoolie.org/digitize-harry-oster-collection/

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Re: Harry Oster Field Recordings Collection
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2018, 06:58:25 AM »
Thanks for the heads up on this news, Lindy.  I sure hope there are some previously unreleased tracks by Herman E. Johnson, Smoky Babe, Robert Pete Williams, or Guitar Welch among these recordings.
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Re: Harry Oster Field Recordings Collection
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2018, 09:22:25 AM »
Apologies to all for not giving more info regarding the importance of the news you'll find if you follow the link. Here's a paragraph taken from it:

"In 2006, the Arhoolie Foundation catalogued and digitized what we understood to be the last of Oster?s field recordings bestowed to us by his widow. In 2012 we discovered that many known recordings listed in discographies and mentioned in Oster?s writings could not be accounted for among the tapes in our collection, nor were they to be found in the few other repositories with which he had relationships. Further inquiries with his widow revealed several hundred additional tapes still in her possession: not only the lost sessions in question, but many more spanning the full breadth of his career beginning with his earliest Louisiana recordings of French ballads, Creole hymns and Cajun dances, all the way to the fiddle tunes, breakdowns and blues he captured in Iowa decades later."

"Several hundred additional tapes" of Harry Oster field recordings! Can't wait to hear what they contain!

Lindy

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