We would like to sincerely thank the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Jackson Arts Council for partially funding this project, along with the Jackson Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Casey Jones Village Management for their continued support of the Jackson Area Plectral Society and the preservation of oldtime string music.
Also a special thanks to Sarge McCann, one of our "founding fathers" who actually located the original master and did all the leg-work in getting the tapes converted to digital format.
Sarge's Notes 2
Mr. Charlie Forsythe was a regular at the Village, never missing an opportunity to pick and sing. This is his signature song . . . "My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains".
Billy Joe Autry was an outstanding banjo picker, but he would be the last one to tell you that. He is heard here playing an old banjo standard "Grandfathers Clock".
Brundell Rhodes was a master musician equally adept at playing guitar, mandolin, or fiddle. He is heard here playing an old Bill Monroe tune. . . "Come Hither Go Yonder".
Mr. Hershell Holmes was one of our first oldtime fiddlers to visit the Village. This was one of his favorite tunes we heard almost every week. . .
"Twinkle Little Star".
Albert and Lila Hall were heard on many occasions singing harmony on many of the oldtime gospel tunes. This is one of their standards . . . "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms".
Roger Harrison was an excellent fingerstyle guitarist. He always had his old black Gibson on hand. One of his favorites here. . . "When We All Get to Heaven".
Gene White was a great oldtime mandolin and guitar picker. Featured here on mandolin.
Mr. Harrison and Ms. Minnie never missed a meeting. . . two of the kindest and most gracious members ever to grace our club. Mr. Harrison is heard here doing his favorite . . . "When It's Lamplighting Time in the Valley".
Boss Wadley, shown here with Marion Truett was a great oldtime mandolin and guitar player. He was a member of the old Lizard Lick Stringband along with Ellis and Marion Truett. This is one of his favorite tunes "It Must Be Jelly 'Cause Jam Don't Shake Like That".
Moma Vina, as she was known around the Village, was never at a loss for words. She always had a way of livening up a jam session. We couldn't leave the studio without hearing a little bit of her chatter.