Look A-Yonder Comin'…
Bluegrass and Old-Time String Band Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

Look A-Yonder Comin'… CD Cover

Old-time string band and bluegrass music have deep roots in Florida. The selections on this disc are from groups that range from amateurs to seasoned professionals—even the "Father of bluegrass music" himself, Bill Monroe.

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Liner Notes

The music on this disc is from performances recorded at the Florida Folk Festival from 1960 to 2003. The selections are rendered by groups that range from amateurs to seasoned professionals – even the "Father of bluegrass music" himself, Bill Monroe.

Old-time string band and bluegrass music have deep roots in Florida. Old-time is based on the centuries-old dance music and songs of people of Anglo-Celtic descent. Bluegrass takes its name from Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, a Kentucky band that combined elements of old-time, big band, blues, and other influences to create a new, high-energy musical style in the 1940s. Florida connections to bluegrass abound. Monroe bought his famed Gibson F-5 mandolin in Miami. Jim and Jesse played for radio broadcasts from Live Oak in the 1960s. Chubby Anthony played a searing version of a composition by the Miami-based Rouse brothers that became one of the most popular fiddle tunes ever: the "Orange Blossom Special."

The music continues to evolve through innovative artists such as Mark Johnson, who combines the old-time clawhammer with bluegrass banjo techniques to play a style he calls "clawgrass." Today, old-time and bluegrass remain vibrant as Floridians enjoy dozens of dances, pickin’ sessions, and festivals held every weekend from Key West to Pensacola.

1. Baby I Am Georgia Bound - Red & Murphy Henry with Tuck Tucker (2:42) (download)
Recorded: May 24, 1992 by Nancy Buchanan (Florida Folklife Program)
1992 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, T92-56)

2. Sally Ann - Big Bend Ramblers (1:42) (download)
Recorded: May 28, 1995 (Florida Folklife Program)
1995 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D95-15)

3. Going Down That Road Feeling Bad - Mike and Polly Johnson (2:13) (download)
Recorded: September 4, 1977 (Florida Folklife Program)
1977 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, T77-295)

4. Darlin’ Corey - Town Hall (5:03) (download)
Recorded: May 3, 1968 (Stephen Foster Center)
1968 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, T77-182)

5. Big Mon - Bill Monroe (2:19) (download)
Recorded: May 29, 1993 by Nancy Buchanan (Florida Folklife Program)
1993 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D93-11)

6. Bugle Call Rag - Frank Evans and Leo Taylor (1:17) (download)
Recorded: May 7, 1960 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1960 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, T77-96)

7. Forked Deer - Mark Johnson and Emery Lester (2:27) (download)
Recorded: May 24, 2003 by John Gambill and Betsi Kirwan (Florida Park Service)
2003 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S2034, CD03-53)

8. Ragtime Annie - Willie Jones and Roger Eudy (1:43) (download)
Recorded: May 29, 1994 by Linda Leeds and Gerry Langevin (Florida Folklife Program)
1994 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D94-18)

9. Granny Will Your Dog Bite - Goose Culbreath (1:12) (download)
Recorded: May 28, 1995 (Florida Folklife Program)
1995 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D95-11)

10. Hot Corn, Cold Corn - Pine Valley Boys of Tifton, Georgia (2:19) (download)
Recorded: May 8, 1965 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1965 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576 , T77-153B)

11. Forty Weight of Gingerbread - Lloyd Baldwin, Bill Martin, and Dave Borland (2:17) (download)
Recorded: May 28, 1994 (Florida Folklife Program)
1994 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D94-12)

12. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues - The Peyton Brothers (2:41) (download)
Recorded: May 30, 1993 by Janet Stainer (Florida Folklife Program)
1993 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D93- 18)

13. Shady Grove - Doc Watson and Jack Lawrence (2:50) (download)
Recorded: May 25, 1996 by Lynn Priestly (Florida Folklife Program)
1996 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D96-33)

14. Roll ‘em Boys - Home Grown String Band (3:01) (download)
Recorded: May 29, 1994 by Ginny Atkins (Florida Folklife Program)
1994 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, D94-33)

15. We’re Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight - Cush Holston (2:49) (download)
Recorded: May 7, 1960 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1960 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, T77-98)

16. Orange Blossom Special - Chubby Anthony and Claude Bedenbaugh (2:04) (download)
Recorded: May 1970 (Stephen Foster Center)
1970 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, T77-214)

17. Gosh, I Miss You All the Time - Jim and Jesse McReynolds with the Virginia Boys (2:23) (download)
Recorded: May 23, 1998 by Henry Link (Florida Folklife Program)
1998 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, C98-107)

18. Fifty Miles of Elbow Room - Norman and Nancy Blake (4:06) (download)
Recorded: May 25, 2003 by John Gambill and Caroline Pardue (Florida Park Service)
2003 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S2034, CD03-73)