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SINGS THE BEST COWBOY SONGS OF ANYBODY ON EARTH Figure John A. Lomax Distinguished Author, American Ballad Authority Lecturer and Entertainer REDPATH John A. Lomax Noted Author of Cowboy Songs and Songs of the Cattle Trail JOHN A. LOMAX, leading preserver of American folk-poetry, is one of the most interesting characters on the American platform. He is the author of Cowboy Songs and Songs of the Cattle Trail. Another extremely fascinating Lomax book will soon be off the press: Ballads and Folk-Songs of America. For three years Lomax was Sheldon Fellow for the investigation of American ballads. He was twice president of the American Folklore Society and one of the organizers and the first secretary of the Texas Folklore Society. Recently, Lomax was appointed Honorary Curator of Folk-Songs in the Library of Congress. This was partly in recognition of the studies of the negro convict ballads which he has just made, going up and down the Mississippi, visiting chain gangs on big farms and making phonograph recordings of negro songs in the raw. For many years Lomax has patiently made records of American folklore, cowboy songs, negro spirituals, etc., tracing them down to their source. In 1908, for instance, he got from a negro cook in a San Antonio dive what has now become one of America's most popular folk-songs, Home on the Range. The late Theodore Roosevelt and Prof. G. L. Kittredge of Harvard University and American ballad authority, gave Lomax much encouragement during the early days. The Lomax lectures are popularized abridgements of papers read before the Modern Language Association of America. Much of the material used has never appeared in print, and Mr. Lomax endeavors to interpret the spirit of the folk-songs by sympathetic recital and singing rather than by a conventional lecture. Audiences throughout the United States have been surprised to discover that much genuine poetry has remained buried and unnoticed in these rough ballads of our own people. Lomax makes his programs extremely human and interesting. He tells from first hand how the cowboy songs originated. He first reads and then sings some of the songs. They say Lomax sings the best cowboy songs of anybody on earth. He even gets his audience to sing the chorus of a rattling cowboy song. At the conclusion of his program he relates something of the humor of the cowboy, their joys, their hardships and sorrows. Owen Wister, noted author of The Virginian, was so enthused by Lomax's program that he traveled to a neighboring town to hear him again. It is, therefore, not surprising he has appeared at least ten times at University of Chicago, six or seven times each at Yale, and Harvard, etc. Negro spirituals and worl'ly songs are treated in a similar manner to the cowboy songs. This material is little known and unusual. He has gotten it first hand from the old plantations in Texas. Lomax may be heard in either a Cowboy program or a Negro program. A combination of the two is generally recommended. These Lecture Are Offered Singly Or In Series 1. —The Songs of the Cowboy 2. —Negro Spirituals 3. —Songs of the Worl'ly Negro 4. —Cowboy Verse 5. —Types of the American Ballad SOME COMMENTS ABOUT LOMAX CARL SANDBURG, Noted Poet and Biographer: When John A. Lomax talks to audiences about plainsmen, cowboys, negroes, it is authoritative. I think no one else delivers the cowboy songs with the reality, the truth to life, that is heard in the Lomax renditions. He gets their stride and stridency, the rough tang, and yet his cowboy yodelings have a haunting exquisitry. PROFESSOR BERT E. YOUNG, Chairman Department of Romance Languages, Indiana University. I heard Lomax first about 1916 at Cornell University. I heard him later at several other places. He always made a wonderful hit and had his audience with him. He is perhaps the best man in his line in the country today. PROFESSOR ARTHUR C. L. BROWN, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.: John A. Lomax's reading and lectures entitled NEGRO SPIRITUALS was highly successful and entertaining. The students would go to hear him again if they had the chance. PROFESSOR G. L. KITTREDGE, Harvard University: Few lectures delivered at our University have been so successful. The students as you must have seen were delighted, and the members of the Faculty who were present were equally interested. PROFESSOR WILLIAM LYON PHELPS, Yale University: Every moment of the hour was interesting; he succeeds to a high degree in combining definite instruction with continuous entertainment. Printed in U. S. A.
|Title||"Sings the best cowboy songs of anybody on earth": John A. Lomax|
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|Personal Name Subject||Lomax, John A.|
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