This digital collection contains digitized versions of fifty-two audio cassettes of mostly shape note singing in north Mississippi, north Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky recorded by John Quincy Wolf Jr. in the 1960s. John Quincy Wolf, Jr. was an English professor at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and a self-trained folklorist. He began recording regional folk musicians in the 1950s and discovered several important singers, including Jimmy Driftwood. He also recorded a number of Memphis area blues and jug band musicians like Bukka White, Gus Cannon, and Furry Lewis. In the 1960s Wolf recorded many shape-note singers in north Mississippi and Alabama.
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