Scope and Content Note: Audio field recordings made in coastal and North Georgia by Art Rosenbaum, primarily between 1976 and 1983, with one each from 1955 and 1966. Musicians were recorded in their homes and churches. Some oral histories are included along with performances. Genres represented include old-time string band music, gospel, ballads, blues, work songs, shout songs, banjo picking, and religious singing. Performers include the McIntosh County Shouters, Howard Finster, Neal Pattman, Gordon Tanner, Joe Rakestraw, Jake Staggers, the Eller Brothers with Ross Brown, Doc and Lucy Barnes, and W. Guy Bruce.
Biographical Note: A large number of the recordings were done by Wendy Mann, Karen Lane, Worth Long, George Mitchell, Art Rosenbaum, Charles Cobb, Judy McWillie and Randy Camp. Other contributors include Oscar Huff, Fred Huff, Scott Eckelaert, Reg Smith, Hank Davis, Rob Hatch, Neil Rosenbaum, Rodney Estrela, Robert Henneburger, Steve Flood, David Evans, Fred Hay, Chet Briggs, Phillip, Thompson, Michael Amburgey, Tamara Nimkoff, Dave Salzburg, Carrol McKinney, Michael Catalano, Bill Troiani, David Evans, Jim Wheeler and Ken Rollins.
"Art Rosenbaum, born in 1938 in Ogdensberg, NY, is a painter, muralist, and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He earned his MFA in Painting at Columbia University and has worked in France on a Fulbright in Painting; he also has a Fulbright Senior Professorship in Germany. Among his exhibitions was the Corcoran's 41st Biennial of American Painting, and his works are in many collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Columbus (GA) Museum. He has executed mural commissions at the UCLA School of Law and the Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia. His solo show in 2000 at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York was reviewed in Art in America. His folk music field work in the South and Midwest has resulted in over 14 documentary recordings, several of which are on Smithsonian-Folkways; he wrote and illustrated two books, Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia (1983), and Shout Because You're Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition on the Coast of Georgia (1998), both published by the University of Georgia Press. A performer on a variety of folk instruments, he has appeared at numerous folk festivals both solo and with groups like the present-day Skillet Lickers, has cut three banjo/vocal LPs and CD's, and has written and illustrated two instruction books on traditional banjo styles. He is Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia and in 2003 was a recipient of a Governor of Georgia's Award in the Humanities."--"About Art" from the Art Rosenbaum web site, http://artrosenbaum.org/ (Viewed December 9, 2009)