Across the Blue Ridge #148 - Dorothea Lange, Reynolda House, Music Of The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression

Across the Blue Ridge #148 - Dorothea Lange, Reynolda House, Music Of The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression

3:26pm Oct 19, 2018
L-R Dom Flemons, Alice Gerrard, Terri McMurray, Kay Justice, & ATBR host Paul Brown at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in October, 2018. Hear excerpts from their concert celebrating the exhibition “Dorothea Lange’s America”, plus interview and historic recordings from the 1920s, the Depression era, and later.
Marjo van Dijck

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC is hosting an exhibition of work by the great Dust Bowl and Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange and some of her contemporaries.  The exhibition includes Lange’s famous “Migrant Mother” photo, perhaps the best known documentary photograph in the United States.  Across the Blue Ridge collaborated with the museum in presenting a concert of Dust Bowl and Depression era songs. Guest performers were Dom Flemons, Alice Gerrard, Kay Justice and Terri McMurray.  This week we hear excerpts from that event, plus historic recordings reflecting both hard times and hope. We hear a little about the biographical film “Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk Of Lightning”. And we get context and background on the music and on Dorothea Lange’s career and remarkable talent.  It’s an exciting, multi-layered hour of music, history, and commentary.

Playlist

  1. Down On Penny's Farm
    Bentely Boys
    Hard Times In The Country V.2
    County
     
  2. Rambling Round
    Woody Guthrie
    This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings
    Smithsonian Folkways
     
  3. Cotton Mill Blues
    Lee Brothers
    Hard Times Come Again No More V.2
    Yazoo
     
  4. No Dough Blues
    Blind Blake
    Hard Times Come Again No More V.2
    Yazoo
     
  5. Interview - Benita Van Winkle
    Benita Van Winkle
    ATBR recording
     
  6. Farm Relief
    Uncle Dave Macon
    Hard Times In The Country V.2
    County
     
  7. Interview - Phil Archer
    Phil Archer
    ATBR recording
     
  8. Break 1 - Devil In The Strawstack
    Paul Brown & Dom Flemons
    ATBR recording
     
  9. Summer's Almost Gone
    Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Dom Flemons
    ATBR recording
     
  10. Cotton Mill Girls
    Alice Gerrard, Kay Justice, Terri McMurray
    ATBR recording
     
  11. Mining Camp Blues
    Alice Gerrard, Kay Justice, Terri McMurray, Paul Brown, Joe DeJarnette
    ATBR recording
     
  12. Miner's Lullaby
    Kay Justice & Alice Gerrard
    ATBR recording
     
  13. Break 2 - Dancing In The Sunny South
    Paul Brown & Dom Flemons
    ATBR recording
     
  14. There's A Brown Skinned Girl Down The Road Somewhere
    Dom Flemons
    ATBR recording
     
  15. Black Woman
    Dom Flemons
    ATBR recording
     
  16. Steel Pony Blues
    Dom Flemons
    ATBR recording