Alan Jabbour, the founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, played fiddle, documented traditions and mentored others. He spent the bulk of his career and retirement encouraging people to make music and appreciate the traditions that hold communities together. He died recently at the age of 74 at his home in Washington, DC.  On this week's Across the Blue Ridge, host Paul Brown guides us through some of Jabbour's earliest field recordings and most significant accomplishments. We hear music of West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina, from performers recorded as far back as 1937 and as recently as 2015. We hear Jabbour tell how he met his most important fiddling mentor, and we listen to bands descended from his own Hollow Rock String Band of the 1960s. Also on this week's show, some classic bluegrass from Jimmy Martin and Red Allen, and a new topical song from young southwest Virginia performer Tyler Hughes.


Episode 57 playlist

  1. Nubbin Ridge
    Kenny Jackson
    Over the Mountain
  2. Sophronie
    Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys
    You Don't Know My Mind
  3. Out On The Ocean
    Red Allen
    Keep On Going
  4. Red Prairie Dawn
    Adam Hurt
  5. Red Prairie Dawn
    Garry Harrison
    Red Prairie Dawn
  6. When We Love
    Tyler Hughes
  7. Break 1 - Rye Straw
    Alan Jabbour, Ken Perlman, Jim Watson
    You Can't Beat The Classics
  8. Shady Grove
    Alan Jabbour, Bertram Levy, James Reed
    A Henry Reed Reunion
  9. Kitchen Girl
    Henry Reed
    field recording
  10. Jabbour 1 commentary
    Alan Jabbour
    field recording
  11. Kitchen Girl
    Hollow Rock String Band
    Hollow Rock String Band
  12. Jabbour 2 commentary
    Alan Jabbour
    field recording
  13. Schottische
    Henry Reed
    field recording
  14. Liza Jane
    Oscar Wright
    Clawhammer Banjo Volume 3
  15. Fisher's Hornpipe
    Tommy Jarrell
    Sail Away Ladies
  16. Newcastle
    Alan Jabbour, Ken Perlman, Jim Watson
    You Can't Beat The Classics
  17. Break 2 - Shoes and Stockings
    Alan Jabbour, Tommy Thompson, Sandy Bradley
    Sandy's Fancy
  18. Bonaparte's Retreat
    W.M. Stepp
    American Fiddle Tunes from the Archive of Folk Song
  19. Hard Time in the Charleston Jail
    Maggie Hammons Parker
    The Hammons Family
  20. Three Forks of Cheat
    Burl Hammons
    The Hammons Family
  21. The 28th of January
    Fuzzy Mountain String Band
    The Fuzzy Mountain String Band
  22. Henry Reed's Schottische
    Alan Jabbour, Ken Perlman, Jim Watson
    You Can't Beat The Classics

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