Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Few "Storms are on the Ocean"

Last week rider Tip from Florida wrote to inquire about the old Carter Family song “Storms are on the Ocean” and to share a few covers that he had found. Tip and I have spent the better part of a week now, trading stories and information about the song, its origins and the many covers/versions we have found. I have begun to collect as many versions as I can find and to trace the song’s origin in preparation for a future post.

As I mentioned yesterday, I am busy this week transferring the latest stack of 78s from Walt’s Cousin Wes. I’ve also got several other projects underway to share with the riders on the Bus after the New Year. With all of this research, recording, and general tomfoolery going on this week, I’ve little time left for lengthy posts.

Here are a couple of fine examples of “Storms are on the Ocean” to whet the appetite.

Patty Kakac - Storms Are On the Ocean.mp3

Mae Robertson and Don Jackson - Storms Are on the Ocean.mp3

Patty Kakac - Heart of a Woman
Website: granarygirls.com
Available at: CD Baby
Patty Kakac and Jodi Ritter are the rural Minnesota-based duo known as the Granary Girls. I am very impressed by what I have heard from this duo and will be in contact with them about posting some more of their wonderful music. This rendition of “Storms are on the Ocean” is from Patty Kakac’s CD entitled Heart of a Woman.

Mae Robertson - The Sun Upon the Lake Is Low
Website: maerobertson.com
Available at: CD Baby
Mae Robertson is a renowned collector and singer of children’s lullabies and nursery songs. Her beautifully rich voice is perfectly suited to traditional folksong as well.


Blogger Minerva said...

Merry Christmas to you Ed and your 'Riders' there is a pressie on my site.
Does anyone have Patrick Sky's Nectar of God?

December 12, 2007 3:04 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

thank you minerva!

here's a present to the riders from the Library of Congress, who have decided to share some of their musical wealth.

It is the Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog from the American Folklife Center. A searchable database with approximately 34,000 ethnographic sound recordings. Apparently this went live in August.


December 12, 2007 4:25 PM  
Blogger Minerva said...

Thank you ever so much, I was able to locate plenty of rag ...

December 12, 2007 5:18 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good Morning Lynne. Thank you for the wonderful Christmas wishes for all of the riders on the Bus.

The powerful "Nectar of God" is in your inbox.

December 12, 2007 8:06 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Ken, Thanks for the link. It's good to see that the Library of Congress has set up a site just for traditional musci and folklore. It was painful to search their entire archives on from the main site.

December 12, 2007 8:10 PM  

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