<[log in to unmask]>Hi all,
For those living around south-central Kentucky or Nashville, Tenn., there's
a new exhibit showcasing rare artifacts and multimedia from Freeman
Kitchens' service as president (emeritus) of the Carter Family Fan Club,
noted country music record collector, and owner of long-running general
store/record shop/post office--Drake Vintage Music & Curios.
“YOURS FOR THE CARTERS,”: THE VINTAGE SOUND COLLECTIONS OF FREEMAN KITCHENS
An exhibit on display at the Kentucky Library & Museum in Bowling Green, on
the campus of Western Kentucky University, from Aug. 22 - Nov. 11, 2011.
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, Aug. 27th, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with refreshments
and live old-time music from members of Nashville’s Hogslop String Band.
Field trip to Freeman Kitchens’ general store—Drake Vintage Music &
Curios—to immediately follow.
Since the mid-1940s, Freeman Kitchens has collected and sold early country
music recordings out of his general store/post office in Drake, Ky., a small
community just south of Bowling Green, and an hour north of Nashville, Tenn.
As founding member and president emeritus of the official fan club of the
Carter Family, Kitchens and his club members have published and circulated
some of the earliest forms of music journalism and grassroots documentation
surrounding America’s beloved country music family, as well as other
important country, blues, and country-western artists of the 20th Century.
With rare and original artifacts and multimedia items from Mr. Kitchens’
shop, and from the collections of the Folklife Archives of the Kentucky
Library & Museum, this exhibit explores the wide reach of this local man,
his small country store, and its legacy in contemporary music history.
Sponsored by the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology and the
Kentucky Library & Museum, WKU.
More information to be found at http://YoursForTheCarters.tumblr.com
Jennifer Joy Jameson
MA Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University '12
BA Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University '09