Note: Hobart says he has lived all his life in Saltville, farming and making music. Hobart Smith talks about making "two-thirds" of his living playing music. Dancers would take up collections during a promenade between each set. "If you got 7 or 8 dollars out a dance you did pretty well." He names some dances that were done – bird in, bird out; promenade; bird in the cage.
About the session: In 1946 Alan Lomax invited the prolific ballad singer Texas Gladden of Saltville, Virginia, and her brother, multi-instrumentalist Hobart Smith, to perform with Andrew Rowan Summers and Jean Ritchie at Columbia University's McMillan Theater as part of a festival held by the university. During their stay in New York, Alan conducted extensive interviews with them Decca Studios—these interviews, as well as performances from that session, comprise this collection. Alan also introduced them to Moses Asch, who issued an album later that year on his Disc label (later Folkways) as "Texas Gladden Sings Blue Ridge Ballads." According to John Cohen, "Within a few years, Smith's guitar picking was heard in New York's Washington Square folk music scene, where 'Railroad Bill' was especially imitated."
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