Sunday, May 2, 2010

Song of the day: Kelly Harrel and The Virginia String Band

Song of the day (4/2/2010):
Kelly Harrel & The Virginia String Band - My Name Is John Johanna

Paintin' music, today. Sounds real great.

Kelly Harrell was a country balladeer with a golden voice. Harrell was born in 1889 in the Wythe County Virginia highlands which is the southwestern part of the state. When he was fourteen he worked in various textile mills. He enjoyed singing, though he didn't play an instrument, and was inspired to try recording in his belief that he was a better singer than fellow mill worker Henry Whitter, who had made records in 1923 and 1924. [read more]

Taken from Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music Volume 1: Ballads

Kelly Harrel and the Virginia String Band - My Name Is John Johanna.mp3

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