Every once in awhile I come across what I think is valuable information that isn't exactly what I'd consider publishing as a news release on the site. Next week Stephen Wade has a new book from University of Illinois Press and a related recording being released and from what I've heard and read these definitely are worth sharing. Below is the information I received from U of I Press with a few links added in for those of you that might be interested in picking up these two gems. The preview tracks from the recording had some very nice mandolin playing.
Get the book: Elderly | Univ. of Illinois Press | amazon.com
Get the recording: Elderly | amazon.com
Banjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition, A New Album By Stephen Wade Out September 11, Brings Together The Personal With The Historical
On September 11, 2012, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Stephen Wade's Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition. Its release coincides with the publication of his new book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press).
Innovative and often surprising, Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition explores knowledge older musicians have bequeathed to younger players. Inspired by past banjo masters of frailing and of two- and three-finger styles, Stephen Wade, accompanied by Mike Craver, Russ Hooper, Danny Knicely, James Leva, and Zan McLeod, mines new creative possibilities with pump organ, piano, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, Dobro, washboard, rhumba box, and bass. From ragtime to reels, lyric songs to mountain blues, from Irish American to African American, across moods spanning brooding to jubilant, sentimental to stark, the banjo and its many voices finds new vibrancy on these recordings.
Sneak Preview: Listen to Selections from Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition
The album emerges from decades of personal contact, of skills and repertories passed along by living example. For Stephen Wade, a musician who writes about music, Banjo Diary takes its inspiration from the earlier field recordings that form the core of The Beautiful Music All Around Us. "Find the people who know how to play this music," his teacher instructed him years ago. Urged to explore this creativity in its home environments, Banjo Diary chronicles eighteen of those experiences in sound and accompanying notes and booklet photographs.
Called in 1979 "a wondrous artist" by Time magazine for his landmark stage show Banjo Dancing, Stephen Wade has continued on as a documentarian, recording artist, radio essayist, and scholar. Prospecting for American folklore wherever it thrives, his last project for Smithsonian Folkways involved one such find: multi-instrumentalist Hobart Smith. That work resulted in Wade’s critically acclaimed In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes (2005). Now, Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition extends its underlying message, telling of "an education written indelibly in a musician's heart."
For more information about Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition (album) visit the Folkways web site.
For information about The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (book), including an extensive events schedule visit: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/wordpress/?p=9518
1. Cotton Eyed Joe
2. Train 45
3. Arcade Blues
4. Uncle Buddy
5. Cuckoo’s Nest / Temperance Reel / Hop Light Ladies
6. Home Sweet Home
7. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
8. Old Country Stomp
9. Rocky Hill
10. Little Betty Ann
11. Cuckoo Bird
12. Alabama Jubilee / Down Yonder
13. Santa Anna’s Retreat
14. Twin Sisters
15. Wild Bill Jones
16. Little Rabbit / Sheep Shell Corn
17. Berkeley March / Under the Double Eagle
18. Hand in Hand
18 tracks, 58 minutes, 44-page booklet with extensive notes and photos.