Excerpts from Interviews with Dock Boggs, Legendary Banjo Player and Singer

Excerpts from Interviews with Dock Boggs, Legendary Banjo Player and Singer

Dock Boggs FW05458 / FH 5458

Mike Seeger interviews Dock Boggs, a Virginia coal miner, banjo player and singer of old-time Appalachian mountain music and blues. Boggs once garnered a record deal with Brunswick to record 24 tracks, but he only completed eight before quitting and returning to Virginia during the 1920s. He was all but forgotten as an artist until Seeger rediscovered him in the 1960s.

Year Released 1965
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1965 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Country music; Folk songs--United States; Instructional; Spoken word

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101 Brief Recount of his life; Brunswick audition Dock Boggs 5:18
102 On first learning to play and "living for the Lord" Dock Boggs 1:03
103 In Taking Up Learning to Play a Banjo... Negro musicians Dock Boggs 4:11
104 Playing "Straight": Plays Turkey in the Straw Dock Boggs 3:23
105 D Tuning Dock Boggs 2:38
106 Practicing and Timing for Record Dock Boggs 1:09
107 Playing for a Living; Trip to New York Dock Boggs 8:06
108 More About Learning to Play Dock Boggs 4:17
109 Comments While Looking Over Song Text Dock Boggs 0:33
201 More on learning to play banjo, and first "playing out" Dock Boggs 1:34
202 About Down South Blues and Playing Blues on the Banjo Dock Boggs 3:25
203 I never thought about playing commercially Dock Boggs 6:20
204 Coal Creek March at Land Sale Dock Boggs 6:31
205 Why He Left Virginia in 1928 Dock Boggs 8:23
206 About the name "Dock" Dock Boggs 1:31
207 History of the Coal Creek March Dock Boggs 1:33
208 Story about singing Rowan County Crew Dock Boggs 1:31
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