Audio

Discover thousands of audio recordings from the State Archives of Florida, including music, oral histories and interviews. Also, listen to recordings from the Florida Folklife Festivals dating back to 1954.


Playlists

Tell the Truth!
Tell the Truth!

Tell the Truth! features blues and gospel music by guitarist Richard Williams and his family. Recorded in Alachua County in the late 1970s and early 1980s, this music provides a unique look into Florida's rural blues traditions.

Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night
Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night

The music presented on Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night was selected from hundreds of hours of Florida Folk Festival performances and field recordings spanning 25 years, from 1977-2002.

Look A-Yonder Comin'…
Look A-Yonder Comin'…

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.

Shall We Gather At The River
Shall We Gather At The River

This disc highlights Florida’s African-American religious music traditions. The collection features both nationally recognized acts and previously unknown local artists, including the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the Versiteers, and the Amigo Male Singers.

More Music from the Florida Folklife Collection
More Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

This CD features selections from well-known artists such as Don Grooms, Etta Baker, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and Jean Ritchie.

Music from the Florida Folklife Collection
Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

From "Shove It Over," a WPA recording of a work song performed by Zora Neale Hurston, to "Orange Blossom Special," performed by Gamble Rogers and Will McLean, this CD spans fifty years of Florida folk music.

Alma, Corazón y Vida
Latin American Music from the Florida Folklife Collection CD Cover

The 20 tracks compiled on this playlist of Latin American music capture the rich diversity of Caribbean, Mexican, and South and Central American musical cultures documented in the Florida Folklife Collection at the State Archives.

Bound to Ride
Bound to Ride

This selection of 22 tracks from the Florida Folklife Collection at the State Archives spans nearly 70 years and represents only a sampling of the material available about railroads in the archives.

Dust Tracks
The Complete Performances of Zora Neale Hurston from the Florida Folklife Collection

This 21 track compilation represents the complete recorded performances of Hurston held by the State Archives of Florida.

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