BrIan Jones In the summer of 1959, forty-seven-year-old roscoe Holcomb1 of Daisy, Kentucky, worked construction in the nearby town of Hazard. He recalled, I come in from work one evening, poured concrete about all day. a little fellow was setting there on the porch with one of my first cousins and wanted me to play [him a song]. . . . I said, "My hands are sore from pouring that concrete, and I'm tired." [He said,] "Well, you can play one." . . . anyhow, when I got started, he said, "Wait, wait,"--he had one of those old crank-up tape recorders--said, "Care for me to tape that?"2 The man on the porch was John Cohen, a new Yorkbased photographer, painter, and folk-revivalist who had come to Kentucky to make field recordings and find material for his old-time country band, the new Lost City ramblers. Cohen returned nearly every day for the next three weeks to record music and take photographs. Holcomb remembered, "If he wasn't there at the house whenever I come in from work, it wouldn't be but a few minutes and he'd be there. . . . I didn't expect anything to come of it, but
American Music – University of Illinois Press
Published: Nov 24, 2010
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