RACKENSACK - OZARK FOLK CENTER - 1972 CD. A reissue on
CD of 36 songs and tunes recorded in 1972 by Jimmy Driftwood's original
Rackensack Folklore Society, musicians from the isolated Ozark hill
country in North Central Arkansas. Formed in 1963, the Rackensack
Folklore Society was organized to collect and perform authentic
Ozarks mountain music in an era when it was fading from the memories
of the old and nearly lost forever to succeeding generations. These
LPs were recorded when the players-young and old ones-were at their
best and just as the Ozark Folk Center was about to open in Mountain
View. Jimmy Driftwood was by then famous for writing The Battle
of New Orleans, Tennessee Stud, The Wilderness Road
and other great songs that would become American music classics.
He was a member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
and consultant for National Geographic and other projects. His work
on behalf of the culture center in Mountain View would earn him
the title "Father of the Ozark Folk Center."
"Rackensackers" performed at the first Arkansas Folk Festival
in Mountain View in 1963 and continue to this day. They also became
the backbone of the musical performances at the Ozark Folk Center
that opened in 1973; they were part of Jimmy's "Music of the
Ozark" tours to college campuses, folk festivals, county fairs,
etc., and although the years have taken away nearly all of the original
players, the traditional music continues in Mountain View at the
Ozark Folk Center and the Jimmy Driftwood Barn.
this recording, you will listen to some of the "oldest timers"
in Ozark mountain music: Bookmiller Shannon and Hubert Hinkle (clawhammer
banjo), Ollie Gilbert, Lucy Johnson and Glen Branscum (ballad singers);
Kermit Moody, Seth Mize, Buddy Lancaster, Onis, Fate and Richard
Morrison (fiddle); Percy Copeland and Freeman Thomas (mouth harp);
Lynn Young (autoharp); Kathy Morrison, Jean Simmons, Lynn and Mary
Catherine McSpadden (dulcimer), Adrian Parks, Dicie Johnson and
Marvin Morrison (mandolin), Kenneth Gosser (dobro); Kenneth Crymes
(wash tub bass) and many more, all members of the "Folk Hall
of Fame" at the Jimmy Driftwood Barn in Mountain View, Arkansas.
There are also many young singers and musicians playing dulcimer,
autoharp, guitar, etc.
with 36 songs and tunes and 8-page booklet with complete list of
songs, tunes, performers and instruments.