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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2020-07-01: African Americans Played The Accordion Before They Played The Blues

July 1, 2020
AccNoir 2020-07-01

Screenshot 2020-07-01 19.25.37 Back in 2011, Bruce interviewed African American accordion historian Jared Snyder.  Then, drawing on that research, he wrote the Black Accordion chapter in his squeezebox history book, “Accordion Revolution“.  Then he read that chapter (see video below) as part of our Car-Free Main Street videostream stage, filling in for Tower of Dudes.  Finally… he reworked and polished his reading, and added historical recordings mentioned in the text. Those round out tonight’s episode of Accordion Noir radio, which, if you haven’t already been notified by your Apple or Android podcast subscription, you can listen to as digital audio right here.    Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2020-07-01, African Americans Played Accordion Before they Played the Blues

* Blind Connie Williams – Motherless Children – Philadelphia Street Singer (1961) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – (Got this from Jared Snyder, he’s our hero.)
* Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) – Laura – Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (1947) – Originally from Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA – (If you get a chance, play this next to “Ulele Izweni” by Mahlautini Luthuli)
* Walter Rhodes – Leaving Home Blues – African American Accordion (1927) – Ruleville, Mississippi, USA – Compiled by Jared Snyder
* Toms Family Singers – None But the Righteous – Digital Library of Appalachia, recorded by Lip Lornell (1981) – Piney River, Nelson County, Virginia, USA –
* Clarence Clay & William Scott – Marching To Zion – Standing On The Highway (1961) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – (our of print?)
* John Willis Tolliver – Roustabout – Digital Library of Appalachia, recorded by Lip Lornell (1981) – Massies Mill, Nelson County, Virginia, USA –
* Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) – Corn Bread Rough [Jawbone] (1942) – Originally from Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA

African Americans Played Accordion Before they Played the Blues: Accordion Revolution Video Book version

Video reading from Vancouver’s Accordion Noir Car-Free Main Street videostream (later revised with music for this week’s episode of Accordion Noir Radio.

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (either at MacLean Park or, in the seemingly inevitable event of inclement weather, over Zoom… we’ll find out for sure at 2 pm on Thurs afternoon!) Cheers & squeeze on!

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