VIDEO: Mack Jeffers and His Fiddlin Farmers, 1939
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Rare and unique 35mm trailer found in a basement in LaFollette, TN. East Tennessee’s own Mack Jeffers and his Fiddlin’ Farmers sprang from Scott County, Tennessee, moving up north to play on the radio. Several in the band returned home to East Tennessee after the band split up. This unique 1939 nitrate reel was shown in local movie houses to advertise the band’s upcoming appearance at that venue. This film remained unseen for 70 years until transferred by TAMIS engineer Larry Odham, This is all that remains of the Fiddlin’ Farmers legacy.
Haywire Mac! Knoxville’s hobo folkie!
Knoxville native and early folk music recording artist Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock revealed in Jack Neely’s Secret History Column, courtesy of Metro Pulse…some fascinating history uncovered! Remember “Big Rock Candy Mountain”?
WNOX Street Scene, Knoxville, 1947
1947 street scene of the legendary WNOX Radio studio located on Gay Street in Knoxville. The station offered free country music shows during the noon hour, a fine tradition continued today by WDVX with the daily Blue Plate Special program. WNOX was home to Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Don Gibson, and many others during their formative years. Ironically, the WDVX studio is located within two blocks of where the WNOX studio once stood!
Lost Audio Gem: Where Are You From, Mr. Oak Ridger? (1967)
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A recently discovered and rare flexi disc (remember those in your cereal Box?) This local recording features songs from the musical “A Thousand Suns” written by Betty Clayton Osborn, for Oak Ridge Tennessee’s 25th anniversary in 1967. It was given away free in a special souvenir booklet commemorating the anniversary.
Oddly, a week after we found this recording, we discovered the souvenir book with a photo of the recording session in Oak Ridge, with local talent! Dig that plaid!
Archie Campbell For Kahns Meats!
Vintage local television commercial from the 1960s featuring East Tennessee’s own Archie Campbell!
Archie Campbell for Kahn’s from TAMIS on Vimeo.