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FRC Store – 2006 CDs

Our 2006 issues can be all found on this page. You can browse individual issues on our index page. Please follow the links to our 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and Other Label CDs.

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US orders will have $4.95 added for shipping via standard US mail and international packages will have $7.95 added for shipping via USPS 1st Class International.

For track listings and sample sound clips, click on the links below.

2006 CD Releases

FRC2006 - 2006 ten-CD set– all for one price of $125.


FRC105 – Lee Sexton & Family (From the collection of Ray Alden)   $15 per disc
Lee Sexton, who plays in both two-finger picking style and clawhammer style banjo on this recording, was born in 1927 and still lives in Letcher County, near Whitesburg, Kentucky. When he was eight years old he cleared a field for a week to earn a dollar to buy a homemade fretless banjo mounted with a groundhog skin. His father and uncle Morgan helped him to learn to play his new instrument. As a grown man, Lee worked five days a week in the mines and played house parties, bean stringings, and corn shuckings on weekends. Lee can be heard on June Appal CD "Whoa Mule." He also played in a square dance scene in the 1980 film "Coal Miner's Daughter" and in the 2003 film "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus." He appears on this CD both solo and accompanied by his son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Debby Sexton. Sadly, Phil was killed in an automobile accident in the late 1990s.    Track list   Sound clip

FRC106 – The Kimble and Wagoner Families (From the collection of Ray Alden)   $15 per disc
Marcus Taylor Kimble (1892-1979) was a unique fiddler who, with his first wife Jumille (1894-1966), had four musical children, two of whom (Doris and Ivery) appear on this recording. Taylor married banjo player Stella Wagoner in 1968; three years later Dave Spilkia and I met and spent many subsequent years visiting this wonderful couple in Laurel Fork, Virginia. Stella's family, the Wagoners, were also musical and, with her younger sister Pearl Wagoner Richardson (born 1896), they perform some songs they learned as youngsters.    Track list   Sound clip   Additional Notes

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FRC205 – Kilby Snow
(From the collection of the Brandwine Friends of Old Time Music)   $15 per disc
John Kilby Snow was born on May 28, 1905 near Independence, Virginia. At age 3, his family moved to nearby North Carolina where his father bought him an autoharp. At the age of five he taught himself to play. At the age of six, he was blinded in his left eye by a stone chip. Despite his disability, he went on to become a leading virtuoso and innovator of the autoharp. He married his wife Lillie in 1925 and began performing on the autoharp in live shows and on radio throughout the South. In the late 1950s Kilby moved north and by the early 1960s was living in Nottingham, PA. Kilby became friendly with Mike Hudak, who was one of the co-founders of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music. Mike became his protege, and the two would perform together regularly. Kilby and Mike became regular performers at the Brandywine Mountain Music Convention, from which these songs and tunes are taken.    Track list   Sound clip    Additional Notes

FRC206 – Simon St. Pierre
(From the collection of the Brandwine Friends of Old Time Music)   $15 per disc
Simon St. Pierre is a fascinating and elusive Maine lumberjack and fiddler skilled in an array of music. He came to the 1977 Brandywine festival with Fred Pike, a stunning guitarist from Maine. They made a huge impression upon Dewey Balfa who called Simon "a brother I met today." Reared in a logging community in Quebec, Simon told of long winters in the logging bunkhouses of the northern region of the province. Simon's eclectic repertoire began with fiddlers employed there from many parts of Canada. He heard radio fiddlers and recorded ones such as Isadore Soucy, but his favorites were men he had met and learned from, such as his favorite, Claire Lake, a neighbor in the Smyrna Mills area of northeast Maine's Aroostook County. Simon had been in the U.S. for about twenty years at the time of the festival, and still earned his living operating a one-man sawmill, sawing white swamp cedar into logs to create insect-proof cabins. In 1983, Simon was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and performed at the White House with his friend Joe Pomerleau. He is living in retirement in Maine.    Track list   Sound clip    Additional Notes

FRC305 – Dock Boggs (From the collection of Reed Martin)   $15 per disc
My sister lived in the Whitesburg, Kentucky, area during the 1960s. In the summer of 1967 I lived with her and searched for elderly banjo players. Dock Boggs lived in Pound, Virginia, just up the valley from Whitesburg. I had a borrowed tape recorder that I turned on when I visited him. I'll never forget what he looked like because he could have been the twin of my maternal grandfather. Dock claimed that back in his youth he used to spin the banjo around and flip it up in the air and never miss a lick. Hard as I tried, I could never get him to demonstrate those things for me. Dock's usual style was happy and in major keys, but one little drink and out would come the distinctive modal tunings and his unique blues. Thirty-five years later I heard about Ray Aldenfs search for private recordings which might be lost forever. I sent him my old tape which I had never listened to since the day of my visit with Mr. Boggs. Ray has produced here a wonderful CD of Dock Boggs talking and playing. – Reed Martin    Track list   Sound clip    Additional Notes

FRC306 – Corbett Stamper (From the collection of Kilby Spencer)   $15 per disc
Corbett Stamper (1910-1988) was an influential old-time fiddler from Whitetop, VA. He came from a family filled with old-time music, from his brothers to his parents and grandparents. Corbett became a skilled fiddler at an early age and taught many musicians in the nearby area how to play, including old-time fiddle maker and player Albert Hash. He quit playing the fiddle for nearly 30 years before picking it up again in the 1970s until he passed on in July 1988. Today his granddaughter Crystal Mahaffey Blevins, son-in-law Michael Mahaffey, and great grandson Blake Rash carry on his music along with the countless others that were influenced by his playing. Thanks to Mark Sanderford, Andy Cahan, and Blanton Owen for the recordings on this CD and for preserving his music for others to hear. – Kilby Spencer    Track list   Sound clip

FRC405 – John Hannah(From the collection of Jeff Goehring)   $15 per disc
John Hannah was born in Mingo County, West Virginia in 1920. His grandfather, Isaac, and his father, Wallace, were both fiddlers. His mother, Rebecca, played claw-hammer style banjo. John's first instrument was the fretless banjo, which he took up at the age of six. When he began playing fiddle, he performed with his brother in a trio called The Echo Mountain Boys. Influenced by swing music styles popular at the time, they played for dances that sometimes included both square dancing and jitterbugging. Like many fiddlers of his generation, his repertoire was broad, ranging from traditional short-bow fiddle tunes on through popular country music styles and bluegrass. Through the years, John worked in the coal mines, in construction, and later as a copper finisher. He moved to Columbus, Ohio in the 1950s. These recordings were made in the mid-1980s in John's home with Jeff Goehring accompanying him on guitar and banjo.    Track list   Sound clip

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FRC406 – Arnold Sharp(From the collection of Jeff Goehring)   $15 per disc
Born in 1914 in Gallia, Lawrence County, near the Ohio River in southern Ohio, Arnold earned his living as a dairy farmer near Jackson, Ohio. His grandfather, "Fiddling Andy" Sharp, came to Lawrence County from England in the mid-19th century. Arnold's father, George Sharp, was also a dance fiddler as well as an accordion and fife player. Arnold also had 8 uncles and three brothers who played the fiddle. Arnold was a contemporary of fiddler Jimmy Wheeler of nearby Portsmouth, Ohio (FRC401) and grew up surrounded by many of the same southern Ohio and Kentucky fiddlers, including Asa Neal, Jess Large, and Forest Pick. Arnold's style and repertoire differ from Wheeler's, with more emphasis on rhythmic dance tunes, perhaps a result of strong family musical traditions. A couple of the tunes Arnold remembered coming from his family include "Hound Chase" (in AEAC# tuning), and Fine Times at Our House. These recordings were made at Arnold's home in Oak Hill when Arnold was in his late 60s. Jeff Goehring accompanies him on guitar.    Track list   Sound clip
FRC505 – Byard Ray, Manco Sneed & Mike Rogers
(From the collection of Peter Hoover)
    $15 per disc
These recordings, made by Peter Hoover in the early sixties, showcase the performances of three western North Carolina fiddlers whose repertoires included archaic tunes like "Lady Hamilton" and "Snowbird." It's interesting to see how those old tunes come out in the context of their other pieces and to hear the respect these comparatively modern musicians gave to this older, more stately fiddling tradition.    Track list    Byard Ray Sound Clip     Manco Sneed Sound Clip    Additional Notes: Blanton Owen    Dakota Brewer (Manco's daughter)
FRC506 – Dan Tate(From the collection of Peter Hoover)   $15 per disc
These recordings, made in the early sixties, showcase the performances of a unique performer: not just a singer, not just a banjo player, but an all-round amazing repository of folklore. Dan lived in and around Fancy Gap, Virginia all of his life, having grown up in a family for whom music was a life force. His "commercial" recording career started in recordings in the thirties by the Library of Congress's Archive of Folk Song; their technicians were recording Fancy Gap banjoist Calvin Cole, playing "Cousin Sally Brown," and Dan, who just happened to be passing by at the time, stuck his head in the door and sang a couple of short verses. That was his way. – Peter Hoover
Ten years after Peter recorded Dan, Dave Spilkia and I spent one afternoon with Dan after locating him close to Fancy Gap. We wish to share that afternoon with you through these recordings, bestowing a unique experience with an inimitable man whose self description to us was "Dan Tate ain't just anybody." – Ray Alden    Track list   Sound clip
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